After months of below-average rainfall, drought conditions, and burn bans, the switch has flipped in Florida. The wet season is officially underway and has opened with a tropical storm-like punch.
According to South Florida Water Management District officials, volumes of rainfall streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico over the last three days have been staggering, with reports between 4 and 14 inches in a wide band stretching from Collier County across the state to Palm Beach and Broward Counties. Multiple areas within the bulls-eye have experienced localized flooding.
Not quite to the levels of what South Florida has endured so far, Central and North Florida also are seeing water tables turn to toward the positive. As a result of recent rainfall, several counties within the St. Johns River Water Management District have lifted burn bans, and additional counties are likely to follow suit.
Alachua, Brevard, Clay, Lake, Nassau, Seminole, and St. Johns counties have removed mandatory burn bans that had been in place for the past several weeks. Marion County has downgraded its burn ban from mandatory to voluntary.