South Florida flooded as storm dumps 11 inches of rain

Floodwaters swamped much of South Florida after nearly 11 inches of rain drenched the region by Saturday morning.

Major flooding was reported in Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, among other cities, as the waters began to rise shortly after midnight, according to NBC-2 Miami.

Images of cars driving through a foot or more of water, defying warnings from emergency services, and waist-high water filled social media.

The rain fell so hard late Friday that conditions were nearly blinding, WFLA reported.

Trees were down throughout the region and thousands of residents were left without power by the deluge, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Flash flood warnings were issued for parts of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties until early Saturday afternoon.

Parts of South Florida experienced major flooding after a storm dumped 11 inches of rain.
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Miami, Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale suffered major flooding.
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There were no reported deaths in Florida.
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While there were no reported deaths in Florida, at least two people in Cuba died during flooding on the island, about 90 miles south of Key West at the Sunshine State’s southern tip.

More than 400 flights were delayed or canceled because of the storm, including 70 at Miami International Airport and nearly 200 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday.

The deluge comes from the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, which hit the Pacific coast of Mexico earlier this week, then passed over the Yucatan Peninsula and headed north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Flash flood warnings were in effect in several counties in Florida until Saturday afternoon.
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Many cars were seen driving in over a foot of water.
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More than 400 flights were delayed or canceled by the storm.
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The storm originated as Hurricane Agatha which hit parts of Mexico.
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The rain will continue in some areas throughout Saturday, said Fox Weather’s Samantha Thomas. “They’re kind of getting to the tail end of things, but some areas could see another two or three inches,” she said. “Even if they only get another inch, it’s just going to add to the problem.”

Flash flood warnings are up in several cities and, keep getting extended, she added.

The storm is forecast to move out to sea may, where it may yet strengthen to become the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, said Thomas. Early Saturday, the storm had top winds of 31 mph. If those pick up to 40 mph, it would become a tropical storm.

If that happens, Tropical Storm Alex would be a rare system that was the first named storm in both the Atlantic and Pacific.

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