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Tropical Wave Could Drench South Florida This Week

A tropical wave is approaching South Florida and could bring several days of rain to the area this week.

This is the storm we have been referring to as "Invest 92L" and was once a possibility to become Tropical Storm Irma. While a tropical storm is not looking as likely, we will absolutely get the rain.

Scattered showers arrived Monday evening, but there’s a better chance of scattered showers and heavier rain Tuesday afternoon with downpours looking like a good bet.

The storm is a slow mover and might actually stall out. That means on and off rain every day through the weekend with each afternoon having the best chance for widespread downpours.

Early estimates are for two to four inches of rain, but that will be determined by where and for how long that storm stalls out.

Officials with South Florida Water Management District said they've been preparing for the anticipated rainfall.

"Our system has been prepped ahead of time and is ready to accept the incoming rainfall stemming from this latest tropical disturbance," SFWMD Chief Engineer John Mitnik said in a statement. "We urge all residents to make sure their own properties are free of obstructions that would block water from exiting through local drains and swales."

In an email Monday, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine urged residents and business owners to take appropriate measures, including using flood panels and avoiding parking in low lying areas.

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