It started raining Friday morning as crews continued to search the rubble for people in the partially collapsed condo tower in Surfside. The forecast calls for more rains in South Florida.
The National Weather Service says Surfside and Miami Beach have a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms by early afternoon. The probability of rain then drops to 20 to 30% on Friday night, but increases again on the weekend. Showers and thunderstorms are also forecast for the rest of the coastal districts of Miami-Dade and Broward through Sunday.
According to the weather service, between a tenth and a quarter of an inch of new rainfall is forecast in Surfside on Friday, with higher amounts possible during thunderstorms.
While rescue workers can work through the rain, for safety reasons they cannot work through lightning.
Around 9:30 a.m., moderate to heavy rain started drenching Surfside, but it’s moving west, said Lissette Gonzalez, a meteorologist for Miami Herald‘s news partner CBS4.
The good news is that easterly winds of around 15 mph and gusts of up to 34 km / h are expected in South Florida. The strong breeze should help the showers move west pretty quickly, Gonzalez said.
Winds up to 30 miles per hour were blowing at Surfside by 10 a.m., local 10 meteorologist Brandon Orr said. He posted a video on the Internet of debris falling from the upper floors of the remains of the Champlain Towers South Condo. The crews are now trying to pull down debris before it falls on its own, he said.
More rain can also be expected on the weekend. The forecast predicts a 40 to 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms.