Key West had a record-breaking 3.06 inches of rain Wednesday and a low of 72 degrees, tying it with the all-time low temperature set in 1880.
Matt Parke, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Key West, says that lots of rain in such short periods of time causes heavy road flooding, with water sometimes inundating the lower level of homes. But Wednesday there were no reports of flooded houses.
Good news, Parke said: The radar is not showing any more thunderstorms in the near future.
On Thursday, storms with heavy downpours, high wind gusts and lightning traveled through the Middle Keys. They knocked out power from the Seven Mile Bridge to the upscale Ocean Reef neighborhood, according to the Florida Keys Electric Co-op (FKEC).
In all, 810 homes in Marathon and 86 on Plantation Key were without power for an hour due to a lightning strike, said Nikki Dun from FKEC.
The FKEC's Scott Newberry explained why a lightning strike can knock out the electricity.
"The lightning hits a breaker on the poles, (which is) similar to a fuse on a fuse box," he said. "The power goes out on a specific transformer or area to avoid the power outage becoming more substantial."
Newberry said he was confident that, after the lightning strike, the company was better prepared for hurricane season, which started June 1 and ends Nov. 30.
If a power outage is under two hours, there is no need to worry about perishable food, according to the Red Cross. But residents should always have an emergency preparedness kit containing: 1 gallon of water per person, a three-day supply of nonperishable food, a flashlight, and a full gas tank, for starters. For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, visit redcross.org.
Alex Press, an intern with The Citizen, is a recent graduate of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.