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Unrelenting Florida rains continue, police rescue drivers stuck in flood

Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies assist a disable vehicle from flooded waters in Hobe Sound after heavy rains on June 3, 2020.
Martin County Sheriff's Office deputies assist a disable vehicle from flooded waters in Hobe Sound after heavy rains on June 3, 2020. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

If you think it’s been wet lately in Florida, the National Weather Service agrees, saying May got an early start to the annual wet season.

The latest deluge left drivers in need of rescue in one Florida city, and the flood risk continues today.

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The Martin County Sheriff’s Office posted several images of flooding, especially in Hobe Sound, with deputies assisting one driver’s half-submerged car out from street underwater.

In that incident, the motorist’s vehicle stalled after an attempt to drive through the rising waters.

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The rains forced the sheriff’s office to deploy its high water rescue vehicles, and advised people to stay off the road.

Flooding hit several coastal parts of the Treasure Coast county including Stuart and Port Salerno, with the sheriff’s office posting images to its Twitter account.

NWS Melbourne said more widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected today with deep tropical moisture in place all over the state. Expect another inch of rain pretty much everywhere, with up to two inches in regions south of Orlando.

Martin County’s flood woes will continue. The NWS said over 9 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours.

“Inundation of neighborhood streets is likely with continued road closures expected. Motorists are reminded to never drive through a flooded roadway, regardless of how deep you think the water may be,” the NWS stated.

The NWS said dry and cool conditions in early May gave way to increased rainfall and temperature rises for the latter half of the month, much of which was related to the two early tropical systems that formed after dumping tons of rain on the region. Both Tropical Storm Arthur and Tropical Storm Bertha formed after their weather systems passed over the state.

“This helped kick off an early start to the wet season across the region, with the wetter pattern during the second half of the month producing rainfall totals that were above to well above normal for May across the area,” NWS forecasters said. “The warmer and humid conditions largely offset any cooler weather earlier in the month, with average temperatures for May ending up near to slightly above normal.”

The rain accumulation along the East Coast was particularly high with up to 16 inches in May along the Treasure Coast, the NWS said.

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