Flash flooding closes Florida airport overnight on busy travel day originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
A rough storm has drenched parts of Florida with 10 inches of rain in 24 hours, causing dangerous flooding and temporarily closing a major airport.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport closed shortly in the early morning hours due to severe rain and flooding, stopping travelers in their tracks as they rushed to reach their holiday destinations. Sections of the airport were not accessible and flights weren't operational, airport officials said.
Parts of the Fort Lauderdale area have been soaked with more than 1 foot of rain since Sunday.
A look at the big board and the lines at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. It has reopened after closing due to severe rain and flash flooding but make sure to check with your airline before heading this way. More on @GMA pic.twitter.com/dH2voHl5VR— Victor Oquendo (@VictorOquendo) December 23, 2019
Flights resumed earlier Monday, though several flights were canceled and over 100 were delayed, according to the airport.
Travel Advisory #4: Currently, #FLL is experiencing 123 flight delays and six (6) cancellations today in the aftermath of overnight heavy rains and flooding. Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the latest flight status. #holidaytravel #bepatient— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int'l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) December 23, 2019
Flying out from @FLLFlyer this morning? Leave yourself plenty of time. Traffic is very heavy after airport operations had to be shut down overnight due to flooding. Airport has reopened but traffic is backed up. pic.twitter.com/5HDXEJmEy9— Broward County Government (@BrowardCounty) December 23, 2019
That storm is now moving through the Carolinas, flooding roadways in Charleston.
Flash flood watches are in effect for parts of Georgia and South Carolina through Monday night.
Some spots could pick up an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain before the system starts to pull away from the Southeast Tuesday morning.
A rainy Christmas for California
A western storm is bringing very heavy rain to Southern California on Monday, including Los Angeles and San Diego, with some flooding possible.
#LARain can cause road closures and hazardous road conditions throughout #LACounty. Visit https://t.co/AJEOyTu1qj to stay informed of closed roads for safe holiday season travels. pic.twitter.com/VcLu1aXl4A— LA Co Public Works (@LACoPublicWorks) December 23, 2019
A large area of moderate to heavy rain is slooowly moving east through the region. We have barely seen any rain reaching LA Co just as VenturaCo is getting doused! So far, SBA Co has the current winner of 3.04" at Alisal Rsvr. #VenturaRain #CAwx #SBArainhttps://t.co/CdhTUrCsen pic.twitter.com/rjEfm7PWaY— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) December 23, 2019
The heavy rain will move into Arizona on Tuesday.
Outside of the two travel trouble spots in the Southwest and Southeast, it will be a very mild, spring-like Christmas for most of the eastern U.S.
Temperatures will reach the 50s in the Chicago area and the 40s into the Great Lakes and the Northeast.
ABC News' Will Gretsky contributed to this report.