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Weekly wrap-up: Over a foot of rain soaks South Florida; New York man survives being hit by lightning while indoors


More than a foot of rain fell in some parts of South Florida this week, leading to intense flooding.

Some locations received more rain in two to three days than throughout all of February to the start of June. The rain broke daily records in cities from Ft. Lauderdale to West Palm Beach.

Some flights were disrupted at Ft. Lauderdale and Miami airports.

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Isabella and Timothy, who did not want their last names used, navigate flooded streets following heavy rains, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Davie, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


The strongest winter storm in recent years to hit Cape Town, South Africa, killed at least 10 people this week.

Destructive winds, flooding downpours and frequent lightning battered the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wind gusts over 50 mph (80 km/h) were common throughout the city, resulting in widespread downed trees as well as damage to homes. The BBC reported many people sustained injuries due to flying debris.

More than 450 structures were affected by flooding, according to the City of Cape Town's Disaster Management.

The storm fanned a destructive fire in the Eden District of South Africa's Southern Cape.

Nearly 10,000 people were initially displaced as fires ravaged the region. At least 300 structures were destroyed, local officials said.

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In this photo taken Wednesday, June 7, 2017, firemen fight a blaze in the Kranshoek area in South Africa. (AP Photo/Ewald Stander)


A man in Rochester, New York, is "just happy to be alive," after he was struck by lightning while sitting in his office on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

Nick Gemayel was sitting in his office at an auto repair shop when he saw a bright flash from the light switch, he told the AP. The power went out and after several minutes, he realized his hand was blistering.

The bolt had surged through the light switch and hit his left hand. He was later treated at a local hospital and released.