Speaking of flood insurance…
May 16, 2006
there's a flood watch up for metropolitan Broward and Dade counties:
* A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE SOUTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD SOUTH FLORIDA. A COLD FRONT IS ALSO MOVING TOWARD SOUTH FLORIDA FROM THE NORTH AND IS EXPECTED TO PUSH THROUGH THE AREA OVERNIGHT. WIDESPREAD RAIN AHEAD OF THESE SYSTEMS WILL CONTINUE TO INCREASE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE DAY AND RAPIDLY SPREAD ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA. THE RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. AREAS OF SOUTH FLORIDA HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN DUE TO STORMS ON MONDAY, ESPECIALLY OVER THE METRO AREAS OF BROWARD AND MIAMI-DADE COUNTIES. ADDITIONAL RAINFALL THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT IS LIKELY TO REACH 2 TO 4 INCHES OVER MUCH OF SOUTHEAST FLORIDA WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS UP TO 5 INCHES OR MORE. A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS.
Miami International Airport recorded 4.07 inches yesterday, a record for that date. While the rains yesterday apparently missed the wildfires in south Florida, it appears that today's rains are giving a fair amount of rain to that area. Unfortunately, not so much is getting to the Volusia County fires.
LATER: The watch was cancelled later in the day. The rain caused trouble for people with homes still damaged from Wilma. As expected, the rain helped on the central Florida coast, but didn't quench the fire threat