Flood Dashes Florida’s Reopening Hope
South Florida residents were unable to enjoy the reopening of restaurants and beaches after two months of coronavirus lockdown , when three straight days of rain Tuesday caused severe flooding in Miami and other coastal cities.
Floridians have received warnings for severe storms , tornadoes and flash floods since Sunday , as streets turned into rivers and electricity flickered.
Images of cars flooded up to their windows have circulated on social media , as well as photos of people kayaking through the streets of Miami .
Some people were even surfing , towed along by a rope attached to an SUV.
“ This is epic . Never had this much rain in 3 consecutive days in 8 years of living here . 10 . 58 ″ and counting… will be over a foot easily , ” tweeted Brian McNoldy, a hurricane and climatology expert at the University of Miami.
As of Tuesday night , there were no reports of damage.
The rain ruined the long Memorial Day weekend and prevented crowds from forming at the recently reopened restaurants and beaches in Broward County , north of Miami , that opened Tuesday.
The weather also puts at risk the launch , planned for Wednesday , of a rocket with two astronauts on board from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, in the center of the state.
Meanwhile , in northeast Florida , another disturbance producing storms has a 30 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone , according to the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane season officially begins June 1 , but this year it was pushed forward by Tropical Storm Arthur , which formed two weeks ago in the Atlantic Ocean and passed by the coast of Florida and the Carolinas .