Persistent wet and stormy weather is expected across Florida through the weekend, raising the risk of flooding, coastal erosion, and travel disruptions. A stationary front draped across the Florida Straits will interact with an approaching Gulf low to generate repeated downpours.
The hardest-hit zones look to be from Miami to Palm Beach, where the National Weather Service has posted Flood Watches. Forecasters say these cities face over 5 inches of rain and have the highest likelihood of flash flooding through Thursday.
Storm drains will struggle to handle the water load, resulting in ponding on roads and property.
All Floridians need to have multiple ways to receive warnings this week. Keep cell phones charged, download weather apps, and have a battery-powered weather radio ready.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters, which can conceal hazards underneath. Just 6 inches of fast water can knock an adult off their feet.
Southeast Florida Faces Repeated Downpours and Widespread Flood Threats
The flash flood threat spread statewide by Friday as the Gulf low pulls deep tropical moisture across the entire Florida Peninsula. The Storm Prediction Center highlights most of the state under a Slight Risk for excessive rainfall on Saturday.
Cities from Naples to Jacksonville need to monitor updated weather statements closely.
The National Weather Service may need to issue areal flood warnings if rain rates completely overwhelm local drainage capacity over a larger zone. These are more serious than urban or small-stream flood advisories. Areal warnings indicate potential life and property threats.
Residents statewide should identify potential flooding trouble spots near their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Know alternate travel routes that avoid flood-prone underpasses, causeways, bridges, and low-lying zones.