Excessive rainfall causes waterlogged streets in Florida, coastal flood threat looms

Rainfall fueled by a coastal storm will continue through the weekend.

ORLANDO, Fla.– Florida is experiencing heavy rainfall on Friday, creating flooded roadways and potential coastal flooding in some areas.

Reports of flooding were coming in Friday morning in the Miami area, where a Flood Advisory remains in effect for urban areas along the coast.

Andrew Hagen shared a video of a flooded street at Southeast 1st Avenue and 9th Street from around 6 a.m. Drivers attempting to pass through were quickly overwhelmed by the water.

According to the National Weather Service, in Broward County, Hollywood had surpassed 3 inches of rainfall by Friday morning. The NWS also estimates that some coastal Palm Beach County areas have received more than 3 inches of rain, including around Lantana and West Palm Beach.

Streets near the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables were flooded early Friday. NWS data shows the area received nearly 2.6 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. 

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A Flood Advisory is in effect from south of Deerfield Beach down to Miami Beach until 12:45 p.m. Friday.

Across the state in Southwest Florida, some areas in Collier County, including Port of the Islands and Everglades City, received more than 7 inches of rain by mid-morning, reports the NWS.

The rain will continue into the weekend, fueled by an area of low pressure over Florida as it develops into a powerful coastal storm off the Southeast coast.

According to the NWS in Melbourne, a flood watch is in effect for most of coastal Central Florida, where heavy showers beginning Friday morning and continuing into the night could amount to 4 inches of rain, with some areas seeing up to 6 inches.

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The flood watch includes Volusia and Brevard counties. 

Due to high tides and increasing winds, moderate coastal flooding is also possible in Brevard, Volusia, Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties. That threat continues into Saturday morning. 

Portions of northeastern Florida could receive more than 3 inches of rain from this storm system through Saturday.

The Jacksonville area will also have to contend with significant coastal flooding.

The NWS said moderate to locally major coastal flooding is expected with Saturday morning's high tide along the Atlantic coast of northeastern Florida, predicting an inundation of 3 to 4 feet above the ordinarily dry ground.

Significant beach erosion is also likely in this area, especially where dune structures are weak. According to the NWS, there will be additional coastal flooding during times of high tide into at least Sunday within St. Johns and lower Santilla River basins due to persistent northerly winds over northeastern Florida.