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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Tropical Storm Gordon formed in the Florida Keys Monday morning and lashed South Florida with rain and tropical storm force winds.

There is a flood watch in effect for South Florida until 11 p.m. Monday night and with good reason.

Parts of South Florida are already under water including Homestead. The area of 328th Street is pretty waterlogged.

“The roads are really flooded,” said driver Irene Willick. “You have to drive super slowly.”

tropical storm gordon flooding Tropical Storm Gordon Drenches, Floods South Florida Roads

There’s plenty of street flooding due to heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Gordon. (CBS4)

Willick was caught off guard when she got on the road and she’s driving very carefully.

“It’s pretty deep like if you go too fast, you’ll mess up your whole car. I have a little car so I’m scared I’ll get stuck,” said Willick.

Around South Florida, people are finding a lot of rain and gusty winds.  Some anticipated trouble and already made back up plans.

“We’re from the Knights of Columbus. We’re having a Labor Day picnic but we planned it for indoors, that’s what’s saving us,” explained Emilio Morales.

 

“The roads are really flooded, you have to drive super slowly,” driver Irene Willick said.

In some areas the water was more than a foot deep, making driving very difficult. Berto Arias had to ride his bike to the store during the height of the rain. That was no easy task.

“I’ve been going through puddles, getting wet, lightning and stuff, it’s difficult to drive outside with a bike,” Arias said.

Despite heavy rain, Ricardo Santiago found a big upside to this, it wasn’t a hurricane when it blew through and he’s happy about that.

“I rather get all the rain that I can now, so I don’t have to deal with putting up the shutters, so I don’t care, I welcome the rain,” Santiago said.

Despite the flooded roads, blowing debris, and general ugliness of the weather, some are still finding a lot to be grateful for.

“It’s not a hurricane, so enjoy,” said Tyler Keller.

Tropical Storm Gordon is forecast to strengthen over the next 48 hours and could be near hurricane strength when it makes landfall along the central Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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