According to today's NOAA's 5-day prediction, Miami and the Virginia coast, including the cities of Virgina Beach and Norfolk, will be deluged with up to 10 inches of rain this week as a result of Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Miami is particularly susceptible to flooding, especially the South Miami area, which is expected to be lashed hardest by Ernesto's rains tonight and tomorrow. Check out Michael Grunwald's new book The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise to get an idea of how vulnerable South Florida is with all its development not only to hurricanes and tropical storm wind damage but also to such torrents that regularly cycle through the region.
Miami ranked as the most vulnerable city for catastrophic natural disasters out of the largest 50 U.S. cities in a ranking developed earlier this year by SustainLane. Tomorrow we shall see how it will fare in the wake of Ernesto's rains.