Invest 90L: Tropical disturbance triggers record-setting rainfall, flooding across South Florida

Invest 90-L, a tropical disturbance over the Florida Peninsula, has produced extensive, disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

The state experienced another record-setting rain event on Wednesday as a result of this disturbance. Parts of North Miami and Hollywood saw over a foot of rain, with the highest amount exceeding 13 inches. Including the previous day's rainfall, totals have reached over 19 inches in North Miami. Miami's average June rainfall is historically 11 inches. On Wednesday, Miami-Dade and Broward counties received a month's worth of rain in less than 10 hours.

The western side of the state, much of which has been in a prolonged drought, also got significant rainfall. Over 20 inches of rain has fallen along Interstate 75 in Southwest Florida. 

Over 3.5 inches of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday in Sarasota, marking the most rainfall ever recorded in the city's history. The National Weather Service says nearly 6.5 inches of rain fell at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, and flash flood warnings were also in effect in those areas.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for several South Florida counties following severe weather and flooding caused by the tropical disturbance. You can read more about that here

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The good news is that rain chances in South Florida are trending down over the next few days, but the region is still dealing with dangerous flooding. Forecasts indicate a 60% chance of rain on Thursday, down from 80%. 

Across Central Florida, scattered slow-moving showers, downpours, and thunderstorms are still likely on Thursday afternoon, evening, and again on Friday, but to a lesser extent. As a result, the FOX 35 Weather Impact Day alert for Thursday has been lifted.

The weekend will see more dry air in the mid-atmosphere, reducing daily rain chances to 30%. Expect a mix of clouds and sun with highs in the upper 80s.

Next week, a gusty east-to-west flow will set in, with daily east winds of 10-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph starting Monday. This easterly flow might bring a few isolated showers and thunderstorms, but these will be infrequent.

In the tropics, two areas are being monitored. One system off the coast of the Carolinas this weekend has a low chance of briefly becoming a tropical storm as it moves away from the U.S. mainland. Another system in the Bay of Campeche has a 30% chance of developing over the next week. This system is likely to become a tropical storm and could either drift into Mexico or move toward Texas, with no direct impact on Florida.

If the Carolina system does not develop, the Gulf system could become Alberto, the season’s first named storm. It has a 20% chance of formation over the next seven days.