MIAMI (WSVN) - It was a rainy and windy Cinco de Mayo in parts of South Florida, as strong thunderstorms moved across the state, causing heavy flooding and leaving thousands of people without power.
The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Miami-Dade County, as well as flood advisories for parts of central and southwest Miami-Dade County.
Cellphone video sent to 7News captured a lightning bolt from the balcony of a high-rise in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood, Sunday evening. The loud thunderclap that followed caused a dog to start howling.
Those headed out to Wynwood to celebrate encountered flooding in the area of North Miami Avenue and Northwest 24th Street, making streets impassable and leaving some revelers stranded.
An employee at Ono Poke Shop said Monday that he was still dealing with the mess left behind.
“When the water started literally creeping up, I was like, ‘I gotta close up,'” he said. “I got my car lifted and I was even worried it was gonna get flooded. When I stepped into [the] water, it was almost knee-deep.”
“There’s puddles, my shoes are wet and this weather’s trash,” said a woman who saw her Cinco de Mayo outing meet a soggy end.
“My buddy got the BMW, and he’s stuck, like flooded, and it’s like really hectic,” said a man.
City of Miami Police said they’ve taken dozens of calls about flooding in the city.
Cellphone video posted online showed a City of Miami Fire Rescue Special Operations truck on the move.
Photos and videos posted to social media also show plenty of signs of strong winds. One video clip showed tree limbs and trash cans scattered across a street in Miami.
Cellphone video captured the eerie sound of wind whistling through entrance doors at Dadeland Mall. Outside the shopping center, the parking lot looked more like a pond.
Interstate travel was treacherous as well. Blankets of rain made it look like nightfall at 4:20 p.m.
Wipers were working overtime in Fort Lauderdale, too, as residents documented waves of rain and crashing thunder.
Sunday gave South Floridians a day full of downpours and an evening full of thunder and lightning.
At one point, Florida Power and Light reported more than 14,000 customers without power. As of 12 p.m. on Monday, that number has gone down to 1,055.
Back in Wynwood, 7News cameras captured a stalled sports car at an intersection as the driver waited for a tow truck to arrive, Sunday night.
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