MIAMI (WSVN) - Heavy rains led to extensive street flooding in parts of Miami-Dade in the middle of rush hour.
The National Weather Service on Thursday issued a flash flood warning that expired at 5:45 p.m., as well as two flood advisories, one along the coast that expired at 6 p.m. and another in Southern Miami-Dade that expired at 6:15 p.m.
It was a washout in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, as drivers carefully navigated the drenched streets.
In downtown Miami, the downpours wreaked havoc for drivers along Biscayne Boulevard and 14th Street, near the entrance ramp to the MacArthur Causeway, partly complicated by a nearby construction site for crews working on the Dolphin Expressway.
The floodwaters even caused part of the dirt from the construction site to spill into the bay.
7SkyForce hovered above the roadway as a tow truck arrived to remove a stalled car, as drivers were forced to slowly navigate through the flooded roadway.
South Florida visitor Jamie Leblanc was one of many motorists stuck in the rain near Biscayne Boulevard and 11th Street. He said he didn’t expect his vacation to end like this.
“A huge wave just came and hit the front of my car, and my car just stalled out right there in the puddle,” he said.
In Brickell, floodwaters covered the corner of 10th Street and South Miami Avenue. They have since receded.
Brickell resident Mel Segoda said the flooding caused quite a mess in his neighborhood.
“Look at me. I’ve got to wear sandals to get out of here, and especially with a dog, it’s impossible, you know?” he said. “I’ve got to walk around [the flooded area], and it gets messy, a lot of people walking around at the same time, just craziness.”
Nearby building management put up sandbags outside entrances in case floodwaters got too high.
7News cameras captured a first responder, as he helped the driver of a stalled two-door car remove it from the middle of a flooded street.
In Allapattah, the downpour was so strong that it significantly decreased visibility for drivers.
Pedestrians in raincoats and umbrellas were seen trying to get out of the rain in Miami Shores.
Fort Lauderdale residents also saw rounds of relentless rain.
A swath of inclement weather moved east across Miami-Dade, Thursday night.
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