PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – The wet season arrived early in South Florida with record-shattering rainfall on Wednesday and more storms soaking the area on Thursday and especially in hard-hit Broward County.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning Thursday afternoon for parts of Broward County. The warning expired at 5:15 p.m. A flash flood warning is in effect for Broward County until 7:30 p.m. and a flood watch will remain until 8 p.m. Thursday.
So when is the wet weather going to move out? According to Local 10 Weather Authority Chief Certified Meteorologist Betty Davis, the rain should start to taper down with only a few stray showers through 10 p.m., but the downpours moving through the area will continue until around 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, there is a 40 percent chance of rain and a possibility for a spotty downpour in some areas but nothing like what we have seen in the past few days, according to the meteorologist. By Saturday, the rain chance goes down to 20 percent.
Areas under the flood watch include:
Miami Lakes, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Cutler Bay, Miami Shores, Cutler Ridge, Downtown Miami, Plantation, Tamarac, Doral, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Gardens, Hollywood Beach, Homestead Bayfront Park, Aventura, Coconut Creek, Miami Beach, Miami, South Miami, Kendall, Hialeah, Pompano Beach, Cooper City, Davie, Sunrise, and Coral Springs
There is a concern that Thursday’s additional rainfall could impact some of the hardest-hit areas near Fort Lauderdale/Dania Beach.
On Thursday afternoon, 70 mph winds were reported in Weston.
This is a developing weather story. Stay tuned to Local 10 and Local10.com for updates.