A steady, seven-hour storm soaked parts of Palm Beach County late Tuesday, with reports of significant flooding in Jupiter, police said.
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JUPITER, Fla. -- A steady, seven-hour storm soaked parts of Palm Beach County late Tuesday, with reports of significant flooding in Jupiter, police said.
The rainfall started around 3:30 p.m. and did not let up until after 10:30 p.m., causing scattered power failures lasting more than 45 minutes in some places.
The main roadways within Jupiter were unsafe to travel due to the amount of standing water, Sgt. Scott Pascarella said.
The water was more than three inches deep in some homes, six inches deep on some roads and more than eight inches of rain fell offshore, forecasters said.
Residents were being told to stay in their homes until the standing water subsided. Stranded motorists were calling 911 when flooded streets stalled out their vehicles, Pascarella said.
As the rainfall tapered off, most of the roadways in Jupiter were passable but significant flooding remained along the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway One, between Indiantown Road and Bluffs Boulevard, he said.
During the height of the storm, between 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., the Jupiter Police Department responded to roughly 100 calls for service, regarding flooding and stranded motorists throughout the town.
Fire Rescue was using several "high-wheeled trucks" to respond to emergencies in the affected areas, Capt. Albert Borroto said.
Jupiter Police, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and Jupiter's Public Works Department and Utilities kept a unified command center open until 11 p.m. to respond to those calls for help. Officials were to assess the damage around Jupiter on Wednesday.
Residents are urged to call the Jupiter Police Department at 561-799-4445 to report any additional flooding or damage.
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