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Heavy rain floods Miami streets, strands vehicles

Officials are warning drivers to turn around rather than venture into waters.
A person walks down a flooded street in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Saturday June 4, 2022, on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
A person walks down a flooded street in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Saturday June 4, 2022, on Saturday, June 4, 2022. [ MIKE STOCKER | AP ]
Published Jun. 4

MIAMI — Parts of South Florida were experiencing road flooding from heavy rain and wind Saturday as a storm system that battered Mexico moves across the state.

Officials in Miami warned drivers about road conditions as many cars were stuck on flooded streets.

“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Traveling during these conditions is not recommended. It’s better to wait. Turn around, don’t drown,” the city of Miami tweeted.

A driver climbs out of his stalled car after he tried to move it to higher ground from the flooded parking lot at the Beachwalk at Sheridan Apartments in Dania Beach, Fla., on Saturday, June 4, 2022.
A driver climbs out of his stalled car after he tried to move it to higher ground from the flooded parking lot at the Beachwalk at Sheridan Apartments in Dania Beach, Fla., on Saturday, June 4, 2022. [ MIKE STOCKER | AP ]

The city was towing stranded vehicles from flooded roadways.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm once known as Agatha in the Pacific Ocean will be known as Alex in the Atlantic Ocean basin, if it reaches tropical storm status.

The storm’s center was disorganized, but appeared to be reforming near Florida’s east coast.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said most government services, such as bus routes and trains, planned to operate as normal over the weekend. Canal levels in South Florida have been lowered to minimize flooding from heavy rains.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began Tuesday.

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