Showers and T-Storms Brought Plenty of Rain to South Florida Tuesday

Some of the worst flooding Tuesday at the Ludlam Point apartments in southwest Miami-Dade

By Ryan Phillips and Steve Litz
|  Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:28 PM EDT
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Some of the worst flooding Tuesday was just off Bird Road and Ludlum Drive in southwest Miami-Drive, NBC 6's Steve Litz reports. Neighborhood resident Debbie Santana spoke about all the water near her front door.

Some of the worst flooding Tuesday was just off Bird Road and Ludlum Drive in southwest Miami-Drive, NBC 6's Steve Litz reports. Neighborhood resident Debbie Santana spoke about all the water near her front door.

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The rain fell hard and fast across South Florida Tuesday.

Showers and thunderstorms brought 6 to 8 inches of rain in some locales, and there were reports of flooding from northern and western Coral Gables. A new daily record of 2.33 inches was recorded at Miami International Airport.

Some of the worst flooding was just off Bird Road and Ludlum Drive in southwest Miami-Drive. A parking lot was completely flooded at the Ludlam Point apartments, and several vehicles were stuck in deep water.

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“There’s a lot of water today. Right now it’s within about – oh I’d say about two and a half feet from my front door,” neighborhood resident Debbie Santana said.

At least half a dozen vehicles were towed out of the apartment complex.

It was slow going in many South Florida neighborhoods Tuesday. But from Pompano Beach to Flagler Street, drivers were testing the waters, hoping to get through.

In southwest Miami-Dade, the water almost seeped into David Pursel's home. He said he wasn't bothered because he has a truck, though.

His street, just off the Palmetto Expressway and Bird Road, has flooded before.

“They came out years ago and they put the bigger pipes in, maybe 10 years ago,” he said.
But it doesn’t make much difference, Pursel said.

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The National Weather Service had issued a flash flood advisory for east central Miami-Dade County until 4:30 p.m. An urban flood advisory was also issued for the area between Kendall and Coral Gables until 2:15 p.m.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the rest of the week before drying out in time for the weekend.

Tuesday night will be partly cloudy and warm, with temps around 73.
 
Wednesday will see early sunshine then partly sunny, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could be strong or severe as temps reach 86.

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Thursday will again be partly sunny with scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms and highs around 85.

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