Heavy rain causes flooding in southern Florida

Posted: 05/03/13 at 5:45 pm EDT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (WHDH) -- Severe weather caused major flooding across South Florida.

On Thursday afternoon, the weather became so unstable that the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for east Central Broward County for some time, but it was soon canceled.

Wet weather is expected again for Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for coastal areas of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties until 8 p.m.

Thursday a reported tornado damaged a patio store along the 3100 Block on North Federal Highway in Boca Raton. An employee who works at a nearby bike shop said he saw the tornado. "Kind of like a white cloud came through here and the pressure dropped, and the temperature went down, and we shut the door, and we heard some noise outside," said employee Tyler Goosney.

7News viewers captured severe flooding across South Florida, from Palm Beach to Key West. Police had to station officers along some streets to help drivers make their way though.

On the highway, several drivers had to pull over on the 836 due to the heavy rain.

In Hialeah, there was some flooding along West 12th Avenue and 62nd Street.

In Fort Lauderdale, there water saturated Davie Boulevard west of Andrews Avenue.

In Key West, the roads and sidewalks were barely visible. A 7News viewer captured people using kayaks to get around in the streets. An urban flood advisory was issued for Key West.

The rainfall tied the record in Fort Lauderdale with 3.1 inches falling that day. In Key West, however, a new record was set with 4.1 inches of rainfall.

Miami International Airport also reported several flights affected by the weather, including two cancellations and 40 delays. If you are traveling, contact your carrier.

Several dozen flights in and out of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport were also impacted by the severe weather.

If you are in the path of this dangerous storm, move indoors to the lowest level of the building. Stay away from windows. If driving, do not seek shelter under a highway overpass.

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