Heavy rain causes problems in Broward, Miami-Dade counties

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Heavy rain caused problems for people in Broward and Miami-Dade counties on Thursday.

Officials are blaming the stormy weather for a power outage on Stirling Road, near Anglers Avenue in Hollywood.

At least 11 customers were affected by the power outage at noon.

Florida Power & Light officials said a lightning strike caused a power line to fall down, and a witness said there was even a fire.

A portion of the road was shut down for some time as crews worked to repair the damage.

The rain began falling before dawn and gradually picked up in intensity, causing slippery and dangerous driving conditions for the morning commute.

Several cities in Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miramar and Davie, are expected to have flooding throughout the day.

The rain also moved in early on Miami Beach, causing plenty of concern for people who live and work in the area.

The sight of any precipitation strikes fear in beach residents, who remember major flooding throughout the city just last week that left cars partially submerged.

Employees at a Sprint store on Lincoln Road said they are still making repairs after flooding ruined part of their flooring.

"If it keeps raining like this, I feel like in the afternoon we should have some flooding going on," Michael Fonseca said. "I'm still repairing some of the damage we had from last week, because, in this area, when it floods and the water doesn't go away through here, we also get flooded in the back. So we get flooded both sides in the store."

As the city continues to shore up its flood plan and expand its pump system, Miami Beach police tweeted a list of tips Thursday, including moving cars and appliances to higher ground.

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