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Storm sweeps through South Florida counties

Robert Besser
21 Nov 2023, 19:48 GMT+10

KEY LARGO, Florida: On November 16, South Florida was hit by a storm that brought hurricane-force wind and dumped more than 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) of rain.

The storm, which began a day earlier, flooded homes and streets, downed power lines and trees, and left tens of thousands of homes and businesses without power.

The next day, the U.S. National Service said the storm dumped some 14 inches of rain from Key Largo to Fort Lauderdale while winds reached 86 mph (136 kph).

As the storm traveled north, the tracking site poweroutage.us said that more than 86,000 homes and businesses across Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties remained without electricity early on November 16.

The number of power outages was more than 100,000 late on November 15.

On Thursday, David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said, "The worst is over for South Florida, but they will still see two to four inches today before it is over."

"The system will also bring two to four inches of precipitation to Central Florida, before the storm moves north to the Carolinas in the evening and into Friday," he added.

A flood watch remained in effect for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties on the same day

Roth said that the storm was driven by a low-pressure system and warm waters in the Gulf colliding with cooler air and water on the state's Atlantic coast.

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