Locations Affected: United States


Since 11th June, heavy rainfall and flooding have been reported in parts of Florida, causing closures of schools, delays in opening administrative offices and travel disruptions. Some areas of South Florida have experienced more than 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rainfall so far.


The heavy rainfall is attributed to a disorganized storm system moving across Florida from the Gulf of Mexico, coinciding with the start of the hurricane season.

So What:

  • A state of emergency has been declared for Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Broward, Collier, Lee, Sarasota, and Miami-Dade.
  • Flood warnings have been issued in Miami, with residents advised to avoid roadways and seek higher ground until conditions improve.
  • Flooding has caused severe traffic disruptions, blocking several roads and leaving vehicles abandoned.
  • Southbound traffic has been diverted around a flooded section of Interstate 95 in Broward County. The interstate is expected to remain closed until the water is drained, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
  • On 13th June, flight delays and cancellations were reported at airports in South Florida. Delays at security checkpoints led to passengers missing their flights. More than 900 flights were canceled or delayed at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami Airport.


According to the National Hurricane Center, the storm disturbance has not reached cyclone status and has little chance of developing into a tropical system. However, heavy rainfall is expected to continue across Florida for the next few days, increasing the risk of flash and urban flooding. Flood watches remain in effect in South Florida until the evening of 14th June, and may be extended depending on how the situation develops. Travel disruptions are expected to persist until the floodwaters recede. Potential damage to power lines may cause power supply interruptions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted between 17 and 25 storms in the coming months, including up to 13 hurricanes and four major hurricanes, which could result in further disruptive weather conditions. Organizations are advised to stay informed about the weather conditions, warnings issued, and traffic restrictions to mitigate incidental risks.

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