Weather Forecast: Heavy Rains Wednesday in South Florida

The rain showers clogged traffic and caused flooding in many areas.

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    Heavy rains were expected throughout the day Wednesday, causing flooding in Doral and other areas of Miami-Dade.

    Heavy rain showers clogged traffic and caused flooding in many areas Wednesday in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

    "It's horrible, especially the car hydroplanes a lot. It's really bad out, not Miami weather at all," said Natalie Rodriguez, who was in Doral Wednesday morning.

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    Several urban flood advisories were issued Wednesday morning. In Miami Beach, there was standing water on many roads and traffic was backed up with cars driving with their hazard lights on.

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    "It's ridiculous," said Simo Chir who says his bathroom wall outled sparked as rainwater dripped into his Collins Avenue apartment Wednesday morning.

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    "I don't know what to tell you," said Ariel Tejada in Spanish, a gardener waiting for flood levels to drop so he could wait. "Too much water," he said.

    Other flooded areas included Margate, Coconut Creek, Oakland Park, Miami Shores and along NW 7th Street between 57th to 72nd Avenues in Miami. There was also standing water along roads in Aventura, Hallandale and Hollywood, the National Weather Service said.

    In Aventura, Jordan Hunt blamed the weather for a major change in his plans.

    "It just ruined my whole day today," he said. "I was hoping to have a sunny day to go to the beach, but I woke up to this."

    Hunt spent his Wednesday indoors instead.

    The heaviest rains fell in metro areas of South Florida and the storms were gradually moving inland through the day.

    "We have been flooded. The inside of our offices have been flooded. I'd say about six inches. I was going around measuring it. We've been here for five years. This is the worst I've seen it," said Maryann Chalkley at Lawn Wizard in Oakland Park.

    The flooding in Oakland Park forced authorities to close several streets in the area that were too dangerous for cars to navigate.

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    Long after the downpours, ponds still stood in parts of Davie. With the sun overhead, Anthony Dixon and his friend, Luis Bustos, tried to restart a flooded-out pickup truck.

    "We got some water caught up in the engine," Bustos said. "It kind of shut it down. The battery died, so we're trying to get everything running again."

    It would not happen quickly, but the pair said they would get the truck up and running again soon.

    Rain and thunderstorms are again likely Thursday, when highs will be around 87.

    Friday will bring hazy skies with only a 20 percent chance of rain, and highs around 90.

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