MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on flooding around South Florida (all times local):
Flooding in Florida has caused one of the state’s largest outlets malls to close for the day.
Officials at Sawgrass Mills said in a tweet Wednesday morning that they’ll continue to assess the situation throughout the day.
News outlets reported that the parking lot was littered on Tuesday evening with cars that had flooded or stalled because of standing water. Two trucks were removing vehicles from the parking lot on Wednesday. The mall is in Sunrise, which is north of Miami, and is a tourist attraction in South Florida.
Consecutive days of heavy rain caused street flooding across the area. Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach broke rainfall records on Tuesday and more heavy rain has fallen Wednesday morning in most areas.
Heavy rain continues to fall in Florida, bringing the potential for flooding and causing flight delays and cancellations.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for South Florida, and meteorologists say there’s a potential for flooding through 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Officials say rain remains in the forecast for the remainder of the week.
Record rainfall was recorded Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. The National Weather Service says Fort Lauderdale recorded 4.78 inches, (12 centimeters) breaking the previous record of 1.96 inches (5 centimeters) set in 1926. In West Palm Beach, the 4.18 inches (11 centimeters) broke the record of 3 inches (8 centimeters) set in 1904.
Officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had 298 delays and 11 cancellations due to rain on Tuesday. Miami International had 37 delays and five cancellations.