MIAMI (WSVN) - The skies opened up above South Florida, bringing torrential downpours and strong thunderstorms to the region and leaving thousands of residents without power.
7News cameras on Sunday afternoon captured several inches of standing water along Las Olas Boulevard in downtown Fort Lauderdale, as drivers made their way through as best they could.
Cameras also showed flooding slowing down drivers along Okeechobee Road in Hialeah.
Also in Hialeah, first responders said, a lightning strike knocked down the awning of a house along West 36th Terrace.
Cellphone video and pictures posted to social media also captured the inclement weather. A 7News viewer snapped a picture of a lightning bolt in Cooper City.
On Interstate 95, dashcam video captured a downpour along Northwest 79th Street exit in Miami. Visibility was also low for drivers along Interstate 95, as the rain made it difficult to see in front of them.
Sunday evening, Florida Power and Light reported 5,419 customers without power in Miami-Dade and 1,029 customers in Broward. As of 11 p.m., those numbers have gone down to 2,611 in Miami-Dade and 711 in Broward.
Just after 7 p.m., City of Miami Police responded to the area of Northeast Third Avenue and 79th Street in reference to live wires and a power outage. Officers shut down Northeast 80th Street between Third Court and Fourth Avenue and advised drivers to expect delays and avoid the area if possible.
The incessant rainfall has begun to decrease in intensity and overall coverage, but drivers are warned to exercise caution when heading out Sunday night.
Memorial Day weekend crowds enjoyed sunny weather through most of Saturday, but heavy rain moved across the area, even prompting reports of pea-sized hail in Miami Lakes.
As of Late Sunday night, no injuries have been reported.
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