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South Florida Dealing With Heavy Rains, Flooding Thursday


South Florida is in for a rainy Thursday as storms are forecast to roll through the area much of the day, creating flooding in some areas.

Flooding due to heavy rain and the annual "King tides" is being reported along low-lying streets from Key West to Fort Lauderdale. On Thursday morning, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado tweeted that in the downtown area, "the ocean is rising above the sea walls."

A tropical wave between Florida and Cuba that's moving away will bring additional rain on top of the downpours seen on Wednesday, with as much as two inches forecasted in some areas. A flood watch remains in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties until 2 a.m. Friday.

NBC 6 viewers captured video of flooding throughout the area Thursday morning due to king tides (Courtesy Nicole Barett and Ilan Cohen)

A flood advisory was also issued for northeastern Miami-Dade and south central Broward until 2:15 p.m. Thursday. Some areas of Miami-Dade have measured over three inches of rain since Wednesday morning, including Doral which has had over five inches fall.

King Tides and gusty northeast winds are causing issues as well, as this combination will offer up more coastal flooding through Thursday evening with a coastal flood advisory in effect until 2 p.m. Friday. The next high tide at Miami Harbor is at 9:14 p.m.

"There's no way I can drive my car during the water," said Jose Gil, who got caught in the flooding in Miami-Dade. "They need some kind of system to drain this water out once it comes out again."

NBC 6 has team coverage as Julia Bagg and Darryl Forges show us areas in both Broward and Miami-Dade dealing with rising water thanks to the recent rain and King Tides.

Gusty winds Thursday are also responsible for a high risk of rip currents. Rain chances and winds will dial back on Friday and into the weekend, but the tides will still be an issue.

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