Heavy thunderstorms swamped parts of South Florida on December 23, with some areas accumulating more than a foot of rainfall, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.
The NWS issued flood warnings throughout parts of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, urging people to not drive or wade through floodwater. The weather service said there were “incredible” rainfall totals across South Florida, with eight to 10 inches collected in Hollywood by Monday morning.
The weather forced the closure of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for a number of hours as floodwater inundated roadways and rendered parts of the airport “inaccessible.” The airport said 123 flights were delayed and six were canceled by morning.
This video — narrated by a shocked South Florida resident driving to work — shows flooded streets in Fort Lauderdale.
“What is going on in Fort Lauderdale right now? Literally about to get stuck in water; this is the craziest flooding,” a man says in the video as he drives through the submerged streets. “What happened last night? Did we get a hurricane or a monsoon?” Credit: @never_giveup203 via Storyful