More rain expected; Boca Raton campus of FAU closed for the day

The Boca Raton campus of Florida Atlantic University closed at 2 p.m. today.

In a statement posted on its website, the school says the closing was necessary to adequately assess the damage from Thursday’s severe weather and because there’s the possibility of more rain today.

All classes that were scheduled to begin after 2 p.m. were cancelled.

“Some University facilities, particularly on the Boca Raton Campus that received an estimated 3.5 inches of rainfall within a couple of hours, have sustained damage,” the statement said.

The prediction follows an evening in which pouring rain resulted in flooded roads, homes and public facilities across northern Broward and southern Palm Beach counties.

According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 60 to 70 percent chance of rain on Friday. There is a moderate risk of wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph from the Lake Okeechobee area to the Palm Beaches during the afternoon hours, the weather service said in a statement early Friday.

Because of upper-level disturbances, scattered showers and thunderstorms can be expected throughout the region.

Early Friday, lines of showers were moving south from Martin County and north from the Florida Keys.

Shortly before 7 a.m. the weather service issued a flood advisory for mainland Monroe County in the Florida Keys.  It expired as scheduled at 8:45 a.m.

The rain chance diminishes through the weekend.

On Thursday, thunderstorms throughout South Florida brought in heavy rainfall and strong winds, between 45 and 55 miles per hour, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Ross.

At about 7:30 p.m., as the worst of the weather passed, a car veered off the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 and into a canal about a mile north of the Hillsboro Boulevard exit.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said rescue crews arrived to find a car submerged into a feeder canal that goes into the Hillsboro canal. Five firefighters and a deputy went into the water, broke one of the car’s windows and pulled out a man, he said.

The man was taken to Broward Health North in critical condition, Jachles said.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office helicopter hovered over the scene.

“We had rescue swimmers checking the water for possible additional victims with BSO Air Rescue overhead assisting with lighting up the scene, but only one victim was located,” Jachles said.

Boca Raton officials said they were assessing flood damage at City Hall after the torrential rains.

The city said there might be limited services Friday at its One Stop Center in City Hall, which helps the public with tax receipts, building permits and inspections, code enforcement and other information.

“There was heavy rainfall and strong winds in Boca,” Ross said. “There was upward of 4 inches of rain.”

At the Boca Raton Town Center, shoppers treaded carefully as water filled the hallways.

The main campus of Florida Atlantic University had standing water on various parts of the campus, including student housing parking lots, Sun Sentinel news partner WPEC-Ch. 12 reported.

Students inside dorms said that water was keeping them indoors, the station reported. Glades and Yamato roads also had heavy flooding.

In Coconut Creek, water reached the top of car tires on some roads, and people were seen running from the downpour.

“We have received some calls about wind damage,” Ross said. “There were some trees knocked down.”

Staff writer Adam Sacasa contributed to this report.

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-broward-palm-weather-flooding-20160324-story.html

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