UPDATE: More rain on the way for PBC; flood watch into Saturday night

Clouds move in over Palm Beach and the Palm Harbor Marina in West Palm Beach at midday Friday, August 25, 2017. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

UPDATE, 8:45 p.m. Forecasters at the National Weather Service expect more rain across parts of Palm Beach County over the next few hours as an area of bad weather moves in from the south.

While rain won’t be constant in the next 24 hours, a flood watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday as areas of rain could drop a couple of inches of rain locally in a short time that could cause minor flooding in some areas.

As of 8 p.m. today, 0.24 inches of rain fell Friday at Palm Beach International Airport, according to the NWS Miami office.

UPDATE, 3:55 p.m.: The National Weather Service has extended its  flood watch for Palm Beach County through 8 p.m. Saturday. The watch originally had been set to run through Saturday morning.

UPDATE, 1:30pm: As promised, heavy rains finally began falling around midday. Boy, did they.

In a 2-hour stretch, starting around 11:30 a.m. areas from Boynton Beach south, and especially the Boca Raton area, saw 1 to 3 inches of rain, forecaster Larry Kelly said from the National Weather Service’s Miami office.

“The strongest stuff has pushed offshore,” Kelly said. “It’s also possible another band could develop behind it as well. Rainfall amounts can add uppretty quickly.”

He also warned that such heavy rains in such a brief time often lead to dangerous street flooding.


UPDATE 10am All that rain that was supposed to fall on Palm Beach County the past few days? It’s been falling, forecasters said; just not up here. And it will. Probably by this afternoon.

“The heaviest rain has just missed you guys,” Steven Ippoliti, meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Miami office, said Friday morning.

“Palm Beach (County) has been lucky enough that the bands have moved quickly enough that they haven’t been an issue, or they have stayed off shore,” Ippoliti said. He said parts of Broward County have seen street flooding and the Naples area has been hit with flash floods that stranded vehicles.

Palm Beach County can expect heavy rains starting Friday afternoon and into Saturday, Ippoliti said. He said that tropical blob that’s been meandering over the Florida peninsula now is centered over Tampa, and a line of showers and thunderstorms was swinging around Friday morning and moving into southwest Palm Beach County.

He also said it’s possible rain bands will stall over the area and bring lengthy rain events.

UPDATE 8:45 am:

A flood watch remained in place Friday morning, and was set to stay in effect through Saturday morning, for Palm Beach County and the rest of South Florida, as a days-long rain event was expected to linger into the weekend.


“Scattered to numerous thunderstorms will be possible across all of South Florida. The primary threat from thunderstorms will be lightning and urban flooding,” the National Weather Service’s Miami office said Friday morning in an advisory. “The periods of rain and thunderstorms are expected to continue through the weekend.”

The advisory said some areas might get 2 to 4 inches with other areas perhaps getting even more. It said some locations could experience to 2 to 4 inches.

It said the heavy rain will bring flooding, in some case heavy, which could block roadways and inundate areas that are low-lying or have poor drainage.

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