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Away from the election for a while, beaches and coronavirus testing sites were closed, public transportation closed, and some evacuations in place early today after Tropical Storm Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys, resulting in heavy rains in the streets of the already flooded city.Eta made landfall Sunday night in Lower Matecumbe Key, Florida. The slow speed of the system and heavy rains posed a huge threat to South Florida, an area already inundated with more than 350 millimeters of rain last month. Eta could dump an additional 6 to 12 inches (150 to 300 millimeters), forecasters said.

“In some areas the water does not pump as quickly as it comes in,” Miami Dade commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz warned.

People walk in flood waters caused by Storm Eta in Fort Lauderdale. Photograph: Morgan Shattuck / Reuters

The Associated Press reports that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he was in frequent contact with county water officials about the struggle to drain the flooded water, which stalled vehicles, bleached lime some intersections and even entered some houses.

Flash flood warnings are in place in some areas.

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FLASH FLOOD WARNING in effect for parts of Broward County. Water can rise quickly, cutting off access to streets and neighborhoods. Avoid roads covered by water of unknown depth. pic.twitter.com/HoUAcQUhWv

November 9, 2020

Authorities in Lauderhill, Florida responded to a report on Sunday evening of a car entering a canal. Photos taken by firefighters at the scene about 30 miles north of Miami showed rescuers searching high water near a parking lot.

Firefighters pulled one out of a car and took the patient to a hospital in critical condition, according to a statement from Lauderhill Fire.

A couple stroll along the beach during a downpour on Sunday in Miami.

A couple stroll along the beach during a downpour on Sunday in Miami. Photograph: Wilfredo Lee / AP

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said a tropical storm warning was in place for the Keys from Ocean Reef to Dry Tortugas, including Florida Bay.

Eta is expected to move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and intensify into a hurricane on Monday or Tuesday.

In the Florida Keys, the mayor has ordered mandatory evacuations for mobile home parks, campgrounds and RV parks and those in low lying areas.

Several school districts have closed, saying the roads were already too flooded and the winds could be too strong for buses to carry students. Several shelters have also opened in Miami and the Florida Keys.

“Please take this storm seriously,” urged Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson. “Please do not drive on flooded roads.”


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