Well, uh, don't drive in Miami right now. Thanks to the remnants of yesterday's Tropical Storm Emily (which has since weakened to a depression), most of Miami Beach and a big chunk of downtown Miami sit under something close to a foot of water. Cars can't move, trees have fallen into roads, and a flash-flood warning has been issued for Miami Beach until 5:45 p.m.
Miami social media users have been posting apocalyptic photos for the past few hours. You currently need an ark to make it through South Beach, and the National Weather Service's Miami office literally just tweeted out the phrase "turn around, don't drown."
Miami Beach is one enormous lake right now pic.twitter.com/g2xx9RlZR9— Josh Baumgard (@joshbaumgard) August 1, 2017
As bad as it's been in a long time pic.twitter.com/zRUy7cOpAq— Josh Baumgard (@joshbaumgard) August 1, 2017
Here's a breakdown of which streets in South Beach are blocked off due to flooding. Hint: It's all of them.
Miami Beach is basically shut down right now likely due to flooding from 5+" and approaching high tide. What a mess. pic.twitter.com/08HIRWBidW— Taylor Trogdon (@TTrogdon) August 1, 2017
Frighteningly, some vital passageways through town are inundated: Mount Sinai Medical Center is getting hit with waves, and westbound MacArthur Causeway, one of the main roads off the barrier island, is submerged:
It's not just Miami Beach: City of Miami Police on the mainland
Please use CAUTION while commuting back home today. Puddles can be deeper than they appear. (Ne 2 Ave / 11 st) pic.twitter.com/ip5U4OQ4RL— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) August 1, 2017
Downtown Miami is literally underwater right now yet Florida Republicans still refuse to acknowledge climate change or sea level rise. pic.twitter.com/12CkleaDIH— Tomas Kennedy (@Tomaskenn) August 1, 2017
It also seems most of Brickell is flooded as well. New Times reader Charlotte Zoda sent the following photos:
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Astoundingly, this is all happening without a major storm hitting Miami. Emily barely grazed South Florida — had a tropical storm or hurricane hit, things would likely look even worse than they do now. That's legitimately scary news: A November report from Miami-Dade County warned that the causeways leading people off Miami Beach are highly vulnerable to flooding due to sea-level rise. That means, as the globe warms over time, it's more likely drivers will get trapped in Miami Beach during a storm like this.