Storms dump hail, cause flooding
MIAMI LAKES, Fla. (WSVN) -- Fast-moving thunderstorms covered parts of South Florida Friday afternoon, causing damage and leaving streets flooded.
The National Weather Service had issued an urban flood advisory for Southeastern Broward and Northeastern Miami-Dade Counties, at the height of the rainfall, at around at 12:30 p.m. When the clouds cleared, by about 4 p.m., broken trees, flooded streets and damaged homes remained.
A flooded parking lot at a Miami Lakes mall off the Palmetto Expressway made it tough for customers to get into stores. Viewers also sent video of rain and hail as it poured down from thick, dark clouds.
One viewer in Hialeah reported seeing hail the size of nickels. In Doral, drivers had to proceed cautiously through flooded streets.
Broward County was affected as well. Fort Lauderdale saw trees down in the area. One collapsed and blocked a road.
In Pembroke Pines, off Northwest 13th Street, two homes sustained damage to their roofs after lightning struck them. A tarp laid on the roof of one home was needed to keep rain water out. It remains unknown if anyone was injured in these lightning strikes.
All of the day's storms also caused power problems. Roughly 8,000 customers were left without electricity in Miami-Dade, mostly in the western and southern areas. Considerably less customers in Broward County (1,700) had power outages. Florida Power and Light has dispatched crews to the affected areas.
There were also about seven flights delayed out of Miami International Airport due to the rain. However, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport saw no delays.
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