Miami is hit by major flooding with up to 12 INCHES of torrential rain as Tropical Storm Alex ravages Florida, triggering frenzied rescue of trapped drivers
- Cars lined the roads in Miami on Saturday morning as South Florida is expected to receive up to 12 inches of rain due to Tropical Storm Alex
- The Miami Fire Department has dispatched six flood vehicles to rescue stranded drivers on the road
- The city also asked residents to contact police if they need help locating their drifting vehicles in the rain.
- The cyclone is expected to hit the Sunshine State throughout the day as it picks up energy to form into a fully realized tropical storm with wind gusts up to 55 mph before heading into the Atlantic Ocean
Miami faces up to 12 inches of rain when Tropical Storm Alex hit Florida on Saturday morning, leaving cars trapped in flash flooding as the cyclone swept through the Sunshine state.
The Miami Fire Department said it used six flood vehicles as of 6 a.m. to free people from stranded cars on flooded roads in the city.
“We continue to urge you not to drive or walk through standing water,” the fire service tweeted Saturday morning. “Be safe and allow us to assess the situation.”
Canal levels in South Florida have also been lowered to minimize flooding from heavy rainfall in Kendall, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coral Gables, Aventura and Miami Gardens.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm once known as Agatha in the Pacific, with wind gusts up to 55 mph, will fully materialize as Tropical Storm Alex once it reaches the Atlantic basin by late afternoon. .
Cars were on the road in Miami’s Brickfell neighborhood on Saturday morning as up to 12 inches of rain is expected to fall due to Tropical Storm Alex.
Officials warn residents to stay off the streets as roads are closed due to flooding
Even larger vehicles will get stuck in the aggressive rainfall, which will last all day
The storm is expected to hang over Florida all day as it moves toward the Atlantic Ocean
The city’s fire department has dispatched six emergency vehicles to rescue trapped passengers across Miami
Flood warnings have been sent out for Kendall, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Coral Gables, Aventura and Miami Gardens and the rest of Miami-Dade County
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava reiterated warnings that residents should avoid flooded streets and stay indoors until conditions improve.
At 8 a.m., the National Weather Service had issued a flood warning for the area, which is expected to clear by noon.
The City of Miami has also issued a statement for residents to contact the police non-emergency number with the make and model of their stranded cars, along with the location where the car was left, to help track down the dead. the cars, which may have moved because of the flooding.
Naples Mayor Teresa Heitmann told Accuweather that crews were outside before the storm to clear the storm’s runoff to prevent further flooding as the city suffered from the rain early Saturday morning and received nearly 10 inches of rain.
The photo shows motorists trying to push their cars out of flooded areas in Miami on Saturday morning
The rainfall in Miami is currently over 9 inches as of 10:30 am as the rain continues
Some residents sat outside their cars as flood waters overtook vehicles and roads
The rain started early in the morning as cars were already stuck and almost completely flooded before 9am
Flood warnings are expected to ease by midday as the storm moves into the Atlantic Ocean
The damage in Miami comes after two people in Cuba were confirmed dead by authorities Friday night, with officials saying one of the deceased fell into a rain-swollen river southwest of Havana.
About 50,000 power outages were reported in Cuba on Friday evening, after the country’s civil defense organization said the electrical grid and several homes were damaged by the cyclone.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially started on Tuesday. This is an unusually early start to the storm season, but not unprecedented for Florida.
The cyclone flooded streets in Havana Cuba, to the point where residents used boats to rescue each other
In the photo, residents of Havana try to push a bus and free it from the flooded roads
Children walk Friday in Havana, Cuba, down street in their neighborhood flooded by heavy rain
Havana residents wade through a street flooded by the storm, which confirmed two deaths in the country
Some Cuban residents took their chances in the floods and drove through the streets