Miami Beach is known all over the world for its colorful Art Deco hotels, lush party parties and, less fun, sunny day floods. In recent years, dozens of international publications, from Vogue to the New Yorker, have written about how the city – built on the basis of sandy fluid – experiences extreme floods during high tides, when the moon is closest to Earth.
To combat the problem, urban leaders have erected streets and installed rainwater pumps over the last few years to remove stagnant water from roads. But in times of severe weather, it's still common for Miami Beach to become more or less impassable due to flooding.
That sure looks like it today. As the state prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian, South Florida is also experiencing high tides. Photos of floods in Miami Beach are spreading widely on social media, showing the streets in the flood:
Miami Beach Commissioner John Aleman, who is releasing an album of photos of the flood, said many sidewalks are already underwater.
"It does not rain and I stand 6 inches of water based only on royal tide and light rain," she wrote on Facebook. "Imagine how these neighbors should be concerned about floods and evacuations for a tropical storm or hurricane."
In an email to residents this afternoon, Mayor Dan Gelber said the city installed 13 temporary rainwater pumps and 18 portable pumping station generators to provide backup power.
"However, we should expect to be flooded by the combination of royal tides and heavy rainfall from Hurricane Dorian and the potential storm," advises Gelber.
For now, meteorologists say that flooding in the area can be severe depending on the Dorian Road:
As an example, here are the water level forecasts in Miami, Virginia (use it only because it is easily accessible to me through @ BMcNoldy not because I predict it will come to # Miami . Basically this is the "King Tide Shoulder Season". Labor Day is September 2
– John Morales (@ JohnMoralesNBC6) August 29, 2019 2019  ] To the latest, 14:00 tip from the National Weather Service, Dorian is expected to be a major hurricane and a "significant threat" to Sunshine State. The storm is expected to approach the Florida Peninsula by the end of Monday.