In a 1-in-1,000-year rainfall event, Fort Lauderdale recorded its wettest day on Wednesday. This precipitation event sparked a flash flood emergency in Broward County, which resulted in the closure of schools, the abandonment of vehicles by drivers, and the closure of the airport until 5 a.m. on Friday. And there will be more rain soon.
According to early reports from the National Weather Service office in Miami, the area saw widespread rainfall totals of more than a foot, with Fort Lauderdale recording 25.91 inches in a 24-hour period.
Although the quantity of rain on Thursday won’t be nearly as much as it was on Wednesday, it will still be problematic and lead to more flooding, according to the National Weather Service. There is a chance of strong gusts, minor hail, and perhaps solitary tornadoes.
Parts of Broward County are under a flood warning until noon on Thursday. The flood watch will last through Thursday night.
A Thursday morning update from the National Weather Service office in Miami stated that since Wednesday afternoon, the greater Fort Lauderdale metro region has received between 14 and 20 inches of rain. One mayor described the disaster as the “most severe flooding I’ve ever seen.”
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The meteorological service’s Miami forecast office meteorologist Ana Torres-Vazquez noted that this quantity of rain in a day is extremely unusual for South Florida.
According to Torres-Vazquez, a 20 to 25-inch rainfall is comparable to what the area may see from a high-end hurricane over more than a day. She referred to the downpour as a “1-in-1,000 year event, or greater,” which means that there is only a 0.1% chance it will occur in any given year.
A month’s worth of rain fell in only one hour on Wednesday during the height of the downpour. Fort Lauderdale typically receives 3 inches of rain in April, and it has been almost 25 years since the city received 20 inches of rain in a single month.
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