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'Life-threatening' flooding in South Florida as severe rains continue to fall

A dire flash flood emergency has been issued for areas between Fort Lauderdale and Miami

MIAMI - "Life-threatening" flooding was ongoing into Wednesday evening in parts of South Florida, as the National Weather Service warned additional rounds of heavy rain were still to come. Cars waded through deep floodwaters in rush hour traffic on major roadways Wednesday night in Miami, as downpours fell even harder after two days of nearly nonstop rain.

A dire flash flood emergency had been issued for areas between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Six flash flood warnings are in effect across different parts of South Florida into Wednesday evening, according to Miami's National Weather Service office, which warned of another 5 to 7 inches of rain an hour that "will make flooding even worse." The warnings were coupled with a severe thunderstorm warning.

Double-digit rain totals were being realized across a populous stretch of South Florida amid a days-long torrential rainstorm that will bring downpours through Friday. Some weather stations near Hollywood showed nearly a foot of rain had fallen Wednesday alone. Storm total rainfall may exceed 18 inches in spots.


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