Flash Flooding in Southern Florida Causes Severe Damage and Closes Fort Lauderdale Airport and Schools

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Southern Florida experienced severe flash flooding on Wednesday, April 12th, resulting in widespread damage, closure of the Fort Lauderdale airport and Broward County Public Schools. The flooding was triggered by heavy rainfall, with some areas receiving up to 20 inches of rainfall in just a few hours.

Disturbing footage of flooded homes, water gushing into an airport terminal, and vehicles almost submerged by water on the streets were posted on social media. In some areas, the water levels rose so quickly that residents had to flee their homes for safety.

The Fort Lauderdale airport was among the most affected areas, and it was closed until at least noon on Thursday. In a tweet on Wednesday night, the airport announced that the airport’s roadways were still closed and affected by flooding. Although stalled vehicles were being removed from the upper/lower levels, the main exit artery remained flooded and congested with slow-moving traffic. The departures roadway was reopened shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday to allow people to reunite with family and friends waiting outside the airport. However, the arrivals roadway remained closed.

The Broward County Public Schools also closed due to the flash floods, and all extracurricular activities were canceled. The school district announced on Wednesday evening that schools and district offices would be closed on Thursday, April 13th, due to safety concerns.

According to the National Weather Service, the heavy rainfall was concentrated in an area approximately 5 to 10 miles southeast of Fort Lauderdale, with rainfall rates of about 2 to 3.5 inches an hour. While the worst of the rainfall has passed, the NWS warns that an additional one to two inches of rain could still fall in Fort Lauderdale.

In conclusion, the sudden flash flooding event in southern Florida has caused widespread damage, forced the closure of the Fort Lauderdale airport and Broward County Public Schools, and left many residents with significant losses. The National Weather Service continues to monitor the situation and issue safety warnings as necessary.

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