South Florida drenched by record rain (includes video story)

Many cities across Miami-Dade and Broward counties flooded Wednesday due to heavy rains, leading Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a local state of emergency.

Natalie String, a resident of Hollywood, said her neighborhood was soaked. “My back yard is looking like a lake, it was like, maybe four feet.”

The National Weather Service is actively alerting the public to potential risks.

The downpour is breaking records across Florida.

Fort Lauderdale experienced a top 10 all-time wettest day, getting drenched Wednesday with about a month’s worth of rainfall.

Sarasota set a new record Tuesday for the most precipitation in one hour, seeing 3.93 inches of rain between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Throughout the day, Sarasota saw almost a month’s worth of rainfall.

It wasn’t just precipitation; there was also a tornado in Martin County, north of West Palm Beach.

Back in Hollywood, flooding prevented Nady Djorvic, another affected neighbor, from returning home as water had inundated the first floor of her building.

“I need to sleep in the car,” said Djorvic. “There’s too much water, everything is flooded. You cannot do anything”.

Rainfall is expected to contunue today.

Dennisse Diaz is a senior majoring in Digital Broadcasting Media and minoring in entrepreneurship. She is originally from Venezuela. Since her arrival to the United States in 2017, she has never stopped pursuing her dreams of becoming a news anchor, correspondent, or investigative reporter. She is passionate about traveling, photography, culture, responsible knowledge, marketing, and content creation.