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Parts of FAU, Town Center at Boca Raton mall flooded from Thursday's storms

More severe weather possible Friday

BOCA RATON, Fla. – More severe storms are possible Friday after heavy rainfall flooded much of northeast Broward County and southern Palm Beach County Thursday night.

Local 10 News obtained photos Friday morning that showed flooding inside the library at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and inside parts of Town Center at Boca Raton mall.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the first and second floors of Boca Raton City Hall were also flooded, but the building reopened at its usual time Friday at 8 a.m. since cleanup crews worked throughout the night to deal with the soaked carpets and other damage.

An FAU advisory said the university would close at 2 p.m. Friday.

"Some university facilities, particularly on the Boca Raton campus, that received an estimated 3.5 inches of rainfall within a couple of hours, have sustained damage," the notice said.

About 4 inches of rain were reported Thursday night in Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach and Tamarac.

The same area remained under a flood advisory until 1:30 a.m. Friday. 

The strongest winds hit the southern end of Deerfield Beach, near Southwest 10th Street stretching south to Northeast 48th Street near Pompano Beach Highlands. 

In Coral Springs, streets and parking lots were flooded following the heavy rain, and some drivers were left with nowhere to go.

"Thunder, lightning, pouring down rain," Coral Springs resident Rhonda Culligan said while describing the storm that swept through the area Thursday night. 

Culligan said she'd never see anything like it.

Mindy Pierce, who also lives in Coral Springs, agreed. 

"It looked like a lake," she said. "You just couldn't see any of the sidewalks or the streets. It looked just all covered with water." 

Floods made some roadways almost impossible to drive, such as on Federal Highway in Boca Raton, where several cars where disabled due to the water.

Drivers in Coral Springs had the same problem. 

"People were just having to get out of their cars and walk to their homes, and it was a mess," Pierce said.

A friend of Pierce told Local 10 News that she'll likely need a new engine because of water damage. 

"She just dropped my daughter off," Pierce said. "She was bringing her home, and then she couldn't get out of the neighborhood." 

Much of northeast Broward County was under a tornado warning Thursday, but there weren't any confirmed touchdowns.

The Red Cross said Friday that it's assisting a family of two adults and three children after a weather-related incident at their home in the 3800 block of Northwest 11st Street in Coconut Creek.


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