FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The heat of the day was cooking the next afternoon rain storms on Friday in Broward County.
The rain will come as residents struggle to recover after a record 25.91 inches of rain prompted what the National Weather Service described as a “1-in-1,000-year” flood event.
Flooding from storms on Wednesday and Thursday remained in areas of Fort Lauderdale — even despite the heavy rain coming to an end.
Residents in flooded areas should expect a dry Saturday, and some rain again on Sunday and Monday.
Amid flood damage, Broward County Public Schools closed Friday with a plan to reopen on Monday, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport planned to reopen at 9 a.m., on Friday.
Officials reported Thursday night that there were more than 100 calls for help, crews had rescued about 1,000 people, and Fort Lauderdale shelters were housing about 600 people.
Police officers, deputies, fire rescue personnel, and state agents continued to use boats, buggies, and high-water vehicles to respond to calls for help early Friday morning.
Aside from the six to eight hours of downpours that caused the unexpected flooding, the strong-low-pressure system also caused two tornadoes.
Experts have warned global warming for South Florida means more heavy rainfall events and sea level rise.
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