Thursday Brings 2nd Day of Heavy Rains for South Florida

Region gets soaked again

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    Heavy rains drenched South Florida on Thursday, but Miami Beach was spared from flooding because of low tide. NBC 6's Hank Tester has the story. (Published Thursday, Jul 18, 2013)

    Heavy rain continued to drench South Florida Thursday, leading to flood advisories for the second day in a row.

    On Thursday evening an urban flood advisory was in effect for northeast Miami-Dade, including Miami Beach, Miami and Key Biscayne, until 8:45 p.m.

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    Many of the affected areas received up to 6 inches of rain earlier Thursday, and 2-4 additional inches of rain were possible, the National Weather Service said.

    A flash flood warning was also issued for Miami Beach as the National Weather Service warned that saturated ground from previous rains would create flooding in poor drainage areas. It was later cancelled and low tide conditions spared the beach from heavy flooding.

    Still, the heavy rainmaking system above Miami Beach appeared to leave more residents living in the water than by it.

    "It's been terrible," Cameron Sedgh said. "Every day, it's been the same."

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    Sedgh, owner of the Food Store USA convenience shop off Alton Road, said that business has unfortunately been slow every day too, and especially at night.

    "Nobody at this time of the day can come inside," he said.

    Several streets east of Alton were underwater well into Thursday night. Parts of the Sunset Harbor area were soaked as well.

    Those heading to the beach were in for a wait Thursday afternoon. Traffic was backed up along the Midtown Miami end of Biscayne Boulevard, and further south, drivers abandoned cars to seek out higher and drier ground.

    "It's one of those characteristics of Miami and it's cool for a little bit, and then it gets old after, like, two hours," Cassidy Smith said while walking home in the rain.

    The downpours also affected downtown Miami, Hialeah and Coral Gables, among other places.

    Meanwhile, the City of Doral was distributing sandbags to residents in anticipation of heavy rain. The sand bags will be distributed between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at JC Bermudez Park at 3000 Northwest 87th Avenue. Proof of residency is required.

    Doral was just one of several areas that experienced flooding Wednesday as heavy rain made its way into South Florida.

    Several urban flood advisories were issued Wednesday, and there was standing water on many roads from Miami Beach to Oakland Park.

    The weather should improve Friday but worsen for Saturday.

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