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South Florida hit with flooding rain as storm moves across state

Flooding rain hit parts of South Florida on Saturday as a storm moved across the state, the National Hurricane Center said.

A potential tropical cyclone brought “considerable flash and urban flooding,” the center said in a tweet. Flash flooding is also expected across the Florida Keys and the northwestern Bahamas.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade County Emergency Management urged drivers to stay away from flooded roads.

“Watch out for water of an unknown depth — it only takes 6 inches of flowing water to knock over a person,” the agency said in a tweet. “If you can’t see the road: #TurnAroundDontDrown! #StormReadySoFla.”

As of about 11 p.m. Saturday, the storm was centered about 145 miles east-northeast of Fort Pierce, Florida. Maximum sustained winds were clocked near 45 mph with higher gusts.

A tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda.

The storm is expected to reach tropical storm strength off Florida’s east coast by Saturday night and to strengthen through Monday as it moves away from Florida and into the Atlantic Ocean.

The storm killed three people in Cuba, damaged dozens of homes in Havana and cut off electricity in some areas, according to authorities.

The Associated Press contributed.

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