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Heavy rains flood streets in parts of South Florida as a storm passes through

A vehicle is prepared to be towed after it died while being driven through a flooded street in Miami on Saturday. A storm dumped at least six to 10 inches of rain in the area, causing flooding.
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A vehicle is prepared to be towed after it died while being driven through a flooded street in Miami on Saturday. A storm dumped at least six to 10 inches of rain in the area, causing flooding.

Updated June 4, 2022 at 8:07 PM ET

As the Atlantic hurricane season gets underway, heavy rainfall pounded parts of South Florida on Saturday as a potential tropical cyclone passed through.

The National Weather Service's Miami office said the storm's heaviest rains have now moved offshore, but on Saturday there was "still the chance for localized flooding with isolated showers/storms behind the system, especially over areas that have already received a lot of rain, though peeks of sun are showing on satellite."

Some cars have gotten stuck in flooded streets and hundreds lost power. Early Saturday morning, the city of Miami posted video of a flooded street.

"Road conditions are extremely dangerous right now. Stay home and don't walk or drive on flooded roads," the city said in a tweet.

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline," the NWS said.

The NWS said the potential cyclone is forecast to move in a northeast direction from Florida to the near north of the Bahamas Saturday night, and move near or to the north of Bermuda on Monday.

The storm is expected to become a tropical or subtropical storm Saturday night or Sunday, with some strengthening possible through Monday, forecasters said.

A tropical storm warning was in effect for the Northwestern Bahamas and a tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda on Saturday evening.

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Rina Torchinsky

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