A poorly organized Tropical Storm Philippe brought several inches of rain, powerful gusts of wind and reports of tornados touching down overnight Saturday in South Florida, drenching several southern Palm Beach County neighborhoods.
“The storm was disorganized, but it did cause some significant impacts in certain areas which is what we were expecting,” said Maria Torres, of the National Weather Service.
Most of Palm Beach County saw between 5 and 6 inches of rain. The highest recorded downpour came in southeast Boca Raton, which saw more than 7 inches, Torres said.
A 75 mile per hour gust tore through West Palm Beach late Saturday, at Forest Hill Boulevard and Interstate 95, the weather service reports.
Kevin Bartolotti, who lives on Southwest 19th Street in Boca Raton, awoke to water reaching mid-shin outside his home of 12 years. Drainage issues often cause the roads to flood during storms, he said.
But it was particularly bad Sunday morning when he and his family found themselves wading through more than a foot of water to get past their driveway.
“We’re stranded,” Bartolotti said. “We’re afraid to take the car anywhere.”
Others reported similar flooding in Boynton Beach, where the National Weather Service also sent a team today to assess reports of a tornado touching down.
A cold front is sweeping through South Florida, which helped move the tropical storm eastward more quickly.
“We should be seeing some dry air conditions for the beginning of this week,” Torres said. Rain chances will drop to near zero Sunday evening.
Temperatures are expected to plummet into the upper 40s late Sunday, the coldest Palm Beach County can expect this week, Torres said.
It will warm to the mid- to upper-50s Monday morning, with temperatures in the 70s expected during the day.