Alberto continues to dump rain on South Florida, prompting flooding fears

Sea portion of Miami Beach Air & Sea Show canceled amid Alberto

By Tim Swift - Local10.com Digital Editor

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Heavy rain fell across South Florida Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto strengthen as it moved across the Gulf Mexico, putting much of the region under a flood watch.

"Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and South Florida," the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory.

The National Weather Service extended the flood watch for Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County until 6 p.m. Monday. 

The storm was moving north at about 13 mph. Alberto was forecast to make landfall late Sunday or early Monday morning in the Florida Panhandle with some slight strengthening to 60 mph winds.

On Twitter, local and county officials warned residents to avoid flood waters and be on the look out for uprooted trees or downed power lines on the road.

"Remember, never walk into flood waters. Flood waters may contain chemicals and objects that could harm you or make you sick," Miami-Dade County Emergency Management said in a statement.

The area has avoided major flooding for the most part, but several Local 10 viewers sent in photos and videos from their neighborhoods, showing streets and parking lots under a few inches of water.

On Sunday, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show amid heavy rain and rough waters caused by Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The event is one of a number of Memorial Day weekend festivities in South Florida affected by the storm.

Air & Sea Show organizers said the water was too rough for any power boating and jet skiing. The air portion of the show continued as the weather cleared up over Miami Beach for a few hours, organizers said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto already washed away Fort Lauderdale's signature Memorial Day weekend event -- the Great American Beach Party.

The air portion of the Air & Sea show continued as the weather briefly cleared over Miami Beach on Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, tourist mostly stayed indoors as heavy rain drenched Fort Lauderdale's beachfront. 

Despite the conditions, some residents weren't letting the rain keep them indoors.

“Honestly I already knew the weather was going to be horrible, but that can't stop us from going out,” resident Jesse Ramos said.

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