Update 4:12 p.m.: The commute home in Palm Beach County may be precarious with heavy showers continuing through the evening.
Be careful anywhere flooding is typical with heavy rains. There is minor flooding in Boynton Beach along Ocean Avenue and Seacrest Boulevard.
See reporter Alexandra Seltzer’s blog on current conditions in Boynton here.
A flood watch for inland and coastal Palm Beach County is in effect through tonight and may be extended as rain will continue through at least Wednesday.
Update 3:42 p.m.: A flood watch has been issued for areas of inland and coastal Palm Beach County.
The National Weather Service in Miami issued the watch after significant rainfall amounts of up to 4 inches have fallen in Palm Beach County. The watch is in effect through this evening, and could be extended as the rains are expected to continue through at least tomorrow.
Areas of Boynton Beach along Ocean Avenue are experiencing minor road flooding.
Update 2:52 p.m.: A significant weather advisory has been issued for areas of southwest Palm Beach County.
Forecasters are warning of an approaching thunderstorm with up to 55 mph winds. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm.
The advisory is in effect until 3:30 p.m.
South Florida Water Management District estimates of 24-hour rainfall in Collier County are as high as 14 inches. A flash flood warning for southern Collier County is in effect until 3:15 p.m.
Weather service forecasters said flash flooding has been reported by law enforcement in Everglades City where 10 to 12 inches of rain has fallen since this morning.
Update 11:45 a.m.: The National Weather Service in Miami is confirming a weak tornado touched down in Broward County Monday night.
The tornado was classified as an EF-0 and hit near Sheridan Street and Flamingo Road east of Interstate 75. An initial report on the Storm Prediction Center website includes no mention of damage.
Update 10:45 a.m.: Scattered to numerous showers are expected throughout today with some storms becoming severe this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.
The Storm Prediction Center has South Florida at a marginal threat for severe weather today, with the main concerns being heavy rain and damaging winds with any strong thunderstorms that develop.
Update 9:55 a.m.: Boynton Beach has canceled its D-Day ceremony as thick storms continue to stream over Palm Beach County.
Forecasters are mostly concerned about flooding with the possibility of up to 5 inches of rain falling in isolated areas along southeast Florida.
But the worst of the storms so far have concentrated over the southwest coast with 8.88 inches reported this morning in Everglades City.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Miami said the main concern today is for areas of heavy rainfall and flooding, although strong thunderstorms capable of producing a “brief” tornado are also possible.
After the seventh-driest dry season on record in West Palm Beach, more than 5 inches of rain fell in parts of central Palm Beach County between Friday afternoon and Monday afternoon.
The countywide burn ban has been canceled because of the high rainfall.
Last week, Florida was the lone area in the country suffering extreme drought. A U.S. Drought Monitor report will be released Thursday morning, taking into account rain that fell through this morning.
Update 7:08 a.m.: Storms moving into Palm Beach County could cause rainfall of 3 inches per hour with isolated amounts as high as 5 inches, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
The center notes that while the heavy rain may relieve drought across the Everglades, it could be “an issue for urban areas.”
“The wettest days look to be now through Wednesday,” said John Gresiak, senior forecaster at AccuWeather. “There may be a little less activity around Thursday, but it will still be fairly wet.”
National Weather Service forecasters in Miami have a special weather advisory in effect for South Palm Beach County for up to 55-mph winds and the development of funnel clouds.
The advisory is in effect until 8 a.m.
Previous story: Storms moving into southwest Palm Beach County have triggered a severe thunderstorm warning with forecasters alerting to possible tornadoes and 60 mph winds.
The storm was located near Big Cypress Seminole Reservation and moving northeast at 30 mph.
These kinds of intense thunderstorm lines can produce brief tornadoes and widespread significant wind damage. The warning is in effect until 7:15 a.m.
The biggest threat for tornadoes this morning has been over the Gulf of Mexico and the western side of South Florida, however, weak rotation has been observed with some of the activity over the Atlantic, forecasters in Miami said.
Broward County was issued a tornado watch at 5:19 a.m. as storms entered its southwest borders. That warning has since expired.
Storms have been weakening as they move inland from the Gulf coast, although that may change as daytime heating occurs.
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The Storm Prediction Center has South Florida in a marginal risk for severe weather today with a low possibility for tornadoes, but higher risks for flooding as up to 4 inches is possible in some areas.
Melancholy skies will be a stubborn companion in South Florida this week with bouts of torrential rain, flooding and strong thunderstorms possible through at least Thursday.
The photo below was taken in Broward County yesterday.
The atmospheric fits can be blamed on multiple swirls of low pressure drifting along the front of a stalled air mass north of the state, coupled with a massive dose of tropical air pumping in from the south.
It’s a soupy combination that caused a robust shower to drop more than 2 inches of rain in Boynton Beach on Monday afternoon, according to South Florida Water Management gauges. The deluge closed parts of Seacrest Boulevard and left a trail of overturned garbage cans and palm fronds on Federal Highway.
“We have a really, really moist air mass in place,” said Kevin Scharfenberg, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Miami. “Combine all the factors together — sustained southerly winds, remnant moisture from Beatriz — and we are almost saturated.”