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Stalled System Brings Rain, Flooding to Volusia

Storms move over Central Florida Tuesday Night. NOAA, ncdc.noaa.gov

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Volusia County residents are facing more rain after a downpour Tuesday night that caused widespread flooding.

Eight inches of rain fell in Daytona Beach, shattering a record set in 1974.

Volusia County Emergency Management provided residents with sandbags as streets and homes in the area flooded.

Matt Bragaw, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Melbourne, says a frontal system from the north has combined with winds from the south to cause the heavy rains.

“It’s not uncommon for this time of year. Frontal boundaries tend to reach down into Central Florida and stall. They don’t have enough push or strength to make it all the way through the peninsula,” says Bragaw. “But when the frontal boundaries stall over Florida, it’s always a recipe for heavy rainfall.”

High tides are adding to the risk of flooding along the coast.

Bragaw expects more heavy rain in the region through Friday morning.

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