Over the past week and a half, heavy rains have dominated the weather pattern, from the Mid-Atlantic down through Florida. In the Mid-Atlantic region, heavy rain led to several washed-out roads in central Virginia following over half a foot of rainfall in just a matter of a few hours. This prompted schools in three different counties to close due to unsafe travel conditions.
This heavy rain also led to a significant increase in the river water levels. As of Monday morning, seven river gauges are in flood stage, including the Potomac River at Edwards Ferry, Maryland, which is just northwest of Washington, DC. This gauge is measuring water levels at moderate flood stage. Even though its moderate, all that water still has to travel downstream, and the effects are being felt in our nation’s capital. The below video shows the scene at the Potomac River in Washington, DC.
Farther south into Florida, specifically southeastern Florida, rainfall has brought an entire region underwater. This comes after most of the state recorded three to six inches of rainfall over the course of the past week. Heavier amounts of six to ten inches were commonplace in southeastern Florida. The National Weather Service office put Broward County under a Flood Watch for over a day due to the constant heavy rainfall.
In Miami before this deluge of tropical rainfall began, the city was in a severe drought with a rainfall deficit of 3.63 inches. Typically through May 8th, they receive an average of 10.91 inches. Following the incredible rainfall over the course of the past seven-plus days, the city is now in a rainfall surplus with 13.81 inches of rain, which is exactly an inch above average.
This heavy rain in a relatively short amount of time does not come without consequences. Below was the scene of a residential road in Fort Lauderdale completely covered in water. Instagram user, @heathertique, described her home as a “waterfront property.”
More heavy rain is expected through this weekend, and a possible deluge of tropical rains may also move in associated with a potential tropical cyclone. This will only make the flooding conditions worse in the not-so-sunny, Sunshine State.