Overnight storm brought flooding, high winds to Palm Beach County


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.

RELATED: Trailer park residents begin cleanup from high winds

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.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

library life

Begin a storytime journey with “Había una vez/Once upon a time.” Carrie Sue Ayvar flows seamlessly between Spanish and English as she chooses from her large repertoire of personal and traditional tales to connect people, languages and cultures. This program for all ages comes to the Clarence E. Anthony Branch 10 a.m. Oct. 4; and...
Rabbit rescue team faces charges of grand theft, trespassing

PALM BEACH GARDENS POLICE THEFT A man was seen shuffling through items in an aisle at a store in the 3100 block of Northlake Boulevard. Later, as he exited the business, the store’s security alarm went off. The suspect, who was wearing a red hat and riding a blue bicycle was quickly spotted and stopped by police a few blocks away. The man told...
Kids break into business, steal ammunition, defecate in flower pots

WEST PALM BEACH POLICE BUSINESS BURGLARY Police responded to an alarm at a business in the 3300 block of South Dixie Highway at 2:23 a.m. They found a window shattered, but a sheet of plywood behind it thwarted the burglar. The assistant manager arrived at the scene to assess the situation and told police the plywood had been installed after previous...
Senior citizen caught stealing two pairs of sunglasses valued at $510

BOCA RATON POLICE THEFT Bikes were stolen in the 100 block of East Camino Real and the 1200 block of West Palmetto Park Road. A woman stole $1,200 worth of handbags from a store in the 1400 block of West Glades Road. Police arrested a 65-year old man after he stole two pairs of sunglasses valued at $510 from a store in the 6000 block of West Glades...
Mandel Public Library launches new creative space
Mandel Public Library launches new creative space

The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has opened a new studio space on the second floor of its Clematis Street location. The venue, named Studio 411, aims to support the library’s multiple and growing range of arts programs, and to create one central location for those interested in the arts to learn about a variety of crafts such as painting...
More Stories