Storm Eta brings heavy flooding to South Florida

Tropical Storm Eta unleashed torrential rain on South Florida, Monday after making landfall in the Keys - flooding roads, residential neighborhoods... and knocking out power for thousands of residents.

Eta moved back over the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. But, officials warned it could still pose a threat to Florida, throughout the day and later this week if it shifts direction.

Miami Mayor, Francis Suarez:

“Most of the tropical storm force winds we expected last night are over, but we will see occasional bands of up to 40 miles per hour through the middle of the day. Heavy rains and flooding will continue... We recommend that everyone in areas that are flooded stay inside, wait until the waters recede, there could be downed power lines that electrify the water. I think we fared much better than Broward, I've seen pictures from Broward that are completely under water.”

In Broward County, children were seen floating Down streets in inflatable boats, while vehicles were submerged.

Residents in the city of Sunrise said they were shocked by the flooding:

“Watching the news and there’s a lot of people whose houses are torn. Wet inside. I’m just thankful inside the house is not wet."

“I've lived here since 1975. I've seen pretty much every storm that’s come through here. And this was pretty heavy rain as compared to some of the others.

Eta was forecast to shift back to a northeast direction by Wednesday and could again threaten the Florida Gulf Coast with rain, wind and storm surge.

Video Transcript

- Tropical Storm Eta unleashed torrential rain on South Florida Monday after making landfall in the Keys, flooding roads, residential neighborhoods, and knocking out power for thousands of residents. Eta moved back over the Gulf of Mexico Monday, but officials warned it could still pose a threat to Florida throughout the day and later this week if it shifts direction. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.

FRANCIS SUAREZ: Most of the tropical-storm-force winds that we expected yesterday and last night are over, but we will still see occasional bands of up to 40 miles per hour through the middle of the day. Heavy rains and flooding will continue. We recommend that everyone in areas that are flooded stay inside. Wait until the waters recede. There could be downed power lines that could electrify the water.

And, you know, I think we fared much better than Broward. I've seen images from Broward County where neighborhoods are completely underwater.

- In Broward County, children were seen floating down streets in inflatable boats while vehicles were submerged. Residents in the city of Sunrise said they were shocked by the flooding.

- Watching the news, and there's a lot of people's houses that are torn, like wet inside. I'm just thankful that inside the house is not wet.

- I've lived here since 1975, so I've seen pretty much every storm that's come through here. And this was pretty heavy rain as compared to some of the others.

- Eta was forecast to shift back to a northeast direction by Wednesday and could again threaten the Florida Gulf Coast with rain, wind, and storm surge.