MIAMI – Some streets around Miami flooded Thursday evening after what the city's mayor termed a "rain bomb" overwhelmed the drains and brought traffic to a standstill.
A number of cars stalled out in the middle of busy Biscayne Blvd., according to storm reports from the National Weather Service, with water depth up between half way and fully obscuring tires.
A rain gauge at the nearby University of Miami Health System recorded 1.36 inches of rain in just 20 minutes and 2.02 inches total for the storm. However, rainfall estimates show around 4 inches in the area of Miami Beach. On the other hand, a gauge just a few miles away west in Coral Gables registered around a half inch.
The floods came amid a very wet pattern for South Florida. Tropical moisture is being pumped into the region from the west, and that combined with a cold front pushing in from the east which could allow for downpours to set up across the southern part of the state through Saturday.
Most of the heavy rain will be located south of the I-4 corridor, but FOX Weather meteorologists can’t rule out few passing a few passing showers across northern Florida.