Fort Lauderdale is a city situated on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the state of Florida in the United States. It is located approximately 30 miles to the north of Miami. Fort Lauderdale has also gained a reputation as the “yachting capital of the world” due to its impressive number of 100 marinas and more than 50,000 registered yachts.
Fort Lauderdale recently experienced a 1-in-1,000-year rainfall event, making it the rainiest day in the city’s history, which caused severe floods and forced over 600 residents into emergency shelters. The National Weather Service office in Miami reported that the city received 25.91 inches of rain in a 24-hour period, which prompted the city to issue a flash flood warning.
CNN reports that the flooding forced the closure of schools, the city hall, as well as the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. According to the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, Dean Trantalis, there were more than 900 calls for service received by the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews due to the flooding that occurred overnight, with emergency crews working continuously to respond to rescue calls across South Florida.