A flash flood warning has been issued for southeast Palm Beach County through 4 p.m., the result of thunderstorms and heavy rain in the area.
The Palm Beach County School District said American Heritage School of Boca-Delray will be closed on Friday because of flooding.
Flights at all three of South Florida's major airports were delayed but primary in Fort Lauderdale and Miami.
At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport alone, “several dozen” flights were delayed, some for up to two hours, and one was canceled, said Mike Nonnemacher, the airport’s operations director.
Most of the delays involved departing flights, although some arriving flights might have to divert to other airports, he said.
Because of the delays, the airport expects congestion in its terminals and on its entrance roads well into the evening, he said. Making problems worse, parts of U.S. 1 near the airport are flooded.
“So it’s going to take better part of the day for this to play out,” he said.
CBS12, the SunSentinel’s news partner, reported that the first floor at Delray Medical Center suffered some minor flooding.
The facility stayed open, although the parking lot and nearby streets were flooded and almost impassable. Some patients were moved to the center's second floor, while hospital officials tried to deal with the water problems.
Because of heavy flooding and torrential rain, a car was hit by a southbound Tri-Rail train at Linton Boulevard at about 2 p.m. today, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
Another medical building on North Federal Highway in Boca Raton lost part of its roof, possibly because a tornado touched down in the area at about 1:30 Thursday, police said. However, the tornado was not confirmed.
Other buildings in the area also suffered some minor wind damage, and a dumpster was pushed into a car, police said.
In Delray Beach, police recommend avoiding the following areas of heavy flooding:
- Linton and Congress
- 500 S. Congress
- SW 10th Street at I-95
- Linton and Military
- Linton entrance to Delray Medical Center (use entrance off Military Trail if driving to DMC)
- SW 9th St east of SW 8th Avenue
In Broward, a smattering of rain-related damage included reports of a downed tree and powerlines on Old Griffin Road in Dania Beach. The roof was leaking at a two story apartment complex in Deerfield Beach and several Fort Lauderdale homes reported flooding as traffic created wakes along the flooded 700 and 800 blocks of Northeast 20th Avenue.
South Florida's Thursday forecast: Mostly cloudy and breezy with highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 70s. There is a 90 percent chance of rain. The rain chance remains high on Friday.
What's behnd all the wet weather? Mainly a low-pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico, generating a "rich tropical flow" of air over this region, the National Weather Service said.
Meteorologist Robert Molleda said he's not quite ready to declare the rainy season has arrived because there could be a stretch of dry days next week.
"We’re definitely getting closer," he said. "The next couple of days will certainly feel like rainy season."
Central Florida's Thursday forecast: Mostly cloudy with highs in the low 80s, lows in the mid 60s and a 70 percent chance of rain.
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