Severe thunderstorm watch for three counties until 8 p.m.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport take offs experiencing delays

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The hottest day of the year so far has fueled a strong line of severe thunderstorms.

The threat covers all of South Florida including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Keys.

A report of a wind gust 54 mph just west of Kendall near Country Walk came in just before 6 p.m., according to Luke Dorris, Local 10 Weather Authority meteorologist. “But they aren’t maintaining power for long,” he said. “They pop up, then they settle back down.”


A severe thunderstorm watch remains in place until 8 p.m. for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Severe thunderstorm watch for much of South Florida, not including the Florida Keys. (WPLG)

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport was showing general departure delays because of the thunderstorms. Gate hold and taxi delays are between 1 hour and 1 minute and 1 hour and 15 minutes and increasing.

Despite South Florida being in a rainfall deficit, minor flooding is possible.

Other than some light rain Saturday night, it has been an entire month since the last measurable rainfall in Fort Lauderdale.

Rainfall of 1-2 inches will take time to soak into the very dry soil, which can create a short-term flash flooding threat.

While a few thunderstorms will linger into Monday, the threat for severe weather will have ended.

The weather story will then turn over to another day of 90-degree temperatures.

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About the Authors:

Brandon Orr joined the Local 10 News team in 2018.

Luke Dorris joined the Local 10 Weather Authority just in time for Hurricane Irma in 2017.