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Florida’s tropical disturbance leads to flooding and torrential rains


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South Florida residents are reportedly stranded in floodwaters following torrential rains from a tropical disturbance.

The City of Miami-Fire Rescue’s public information office said Saturday morning it has six ocean-going vehicles responding to people trapped in their cars amid flooding.

“We continue to urge you not to drive or walk in standing water. Be safe and allow us to assess the situation,” the office tweeted.

PowerOutage.US power outage tracking showed 7,871 without power in the state.

FLORIDA TROPICAL STORM: SYSTEM TO BRING HEAVY RAINS, FLOODS

According to Fox Weather, the city of Marathon recorded 5.47 inches of rain from potential Tropical Cyclone One.

The previous daily high was 2.84 inches in 2013.

It comes as the threat was expected to continue, with tropical storm warnings in effect for southern Florida and the Keys.

Flash flood warnings have been extended in southeast Florida, including for Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

FLORIDA WILL BE IMPACTED BY TROPICAL DISTURBANCES LIKE SOUTHEAST, GULF COAST SEE THUNDERSTORM RISK

Between 2 and 8 inches of rain has already fallen, with more amounts expected.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday evening that extensive flash and urban flooding was expected in South Florida, with heavy rains on the Florida Keys.

The disturbance was then about 350 miles southwest of Fort Myers and moving northeast at nearly 7 mph. As of Saturday morning, it was less than 100 miles off the coast of southwest Florida.

Tropical storm conditions are expected in the Florida warning area, mostly in squalls, with winds increasing through the afternoon.

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Fox Weather said gusts of up to 50 mph are likely, although the system is disorganized and unlikely to become a cyclone before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

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