MELBOURNE, Florida – The National Weather Service in Melbourne, Florida issued a Flood Watch that will remain in effect through late tonight for all of east Central Florida except Okeechobee County.
Expect another day with widespread showers and scattered lightning storms with heavy rainfall developing throughout the day, as a frontal boundary remains stalled over Central Florida.
A saturated air mass over the region will allow heavier showers and storms to easily produce 2 to 3 inches of rainfall in 60 to 90 minutes, with 5 to 6 possible in areas where storms persist, or where multiple rounds of storms occur.
Residents and motorists are urged to use extreme caution again today as some properties still have standing water on them, and much of the area will re-flood quickly from any heavy downpours that occur, even as little as 1 to 2 inches.
This will likely result in flooding of roads, parking lots, culverts, some small streams, lakes or water retention ponds, and other urban and poorly drained areas.
The coastal counties of Indian River, Saint Lucie, and Martin remain especially susceptible to flooding from lower rainfall amounts, given rainfall totals of 10 to 15 inches have occurred at several locations over the past 3 days.
Never try to drive across a water-covered road as the depth may be too great to allow your vehicle to cross safely. Turn around, don’t drown!