Days of inclement weather caused flash flood warnings throughout Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and even the shutdown of a major airport.
The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is closed until 5 a.m. Friday as a result of severe rain and flooding, halting flights and roadway traffic since Wednesday afternoon.
One of the busiest airports in South Florida, FLL took to Twitter to warn travelers not to try to enter or leave the grounds. On Thursday morning, however, the upper-level road of the airport was opened for people to get picked up by family and friends.
Not only had arriving and departing flights been halted, but the main roadways entering and exiting the airport were flooded and could not be passed.
On Wednesday night, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a rare flash flood emergency for portions of South Florida, including Fort Lauderdale. Flash flood emergencies are considered the highest level of flood warning from the weather service. Weather conditions have also led to several tornado warnings for the area.
The NWS also took to Twitter to call the situation at FLL “dangerous” and urged people to stay home and not venture out.
If you’re traveling either to or from FLL soon, be sure to check your airline for a revised flight status. Miami International and Palm Beach International Airports are continuing to operate, but not without some flight delays.