Rain, floods frustrate tourists and locals in south Florida

MIAMI (AP) — It’s bad enough for gloomy weather to ruin to the sun for visitors to the Sunshine State, but heavy rains in south Florida have also ruined the shopping.

Xuanwu Jin, a 34-year-old tourist from Shanghai, told the Miami Herald (https://goo.gl/w3egwi ) on Wednesday that he was trying to return some clothing before returning to China on Thursday, but the parking lot was flooded at Sawgrass Mills mall.

“I guess I can try to sell it when I’m back in China,” he said. “It’s my last chance today.”

Heavy rains and flooding are common in Florida during hurricane season, which began last week, but some residents think the current flooding is particularly bad. Weather officials reported that 10 or more inches of rain have fallen across parts of south Florida this week, and the National Weather Service tweeted that additional rainfall appeared to be on the way for Miami-Dade County and in parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.

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Ormond Beach resident Ken Luks told the Sun Sentinel (https://goo.gl/jWMFem ) that he and his wife walked through flooded streets Wednesday morning to help get his 91-year-old mom back home. Luks said his mom told him the roads are the most flooded they’ve ever been, even worse than during some hurricanes.

“It was an adventure,” Ken Luks said. “No one got hurt. Everyone seems to be taking it in stride, even my mom at 91.”

The weather service reported that as of 9 a.m. Wednesday, 10.23 inches (26 centimeters) of rain had fallen over the previous 48 hours in Sunrise, where Sawgrass Mills mall is located. Many cars were stalled and stranded in the mall’s parking lot on Tuesday evening.

Monica Birney, 45, told the Herald that she and her son attempted to walk to Target from their nearby apartment Wednesday morning when they encountered barricaded roads and flooded parking lots.

“We could swim to Target, but we…

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