|Storms from 1,000 miles away can damage us|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
It was a mushy tropical wave near Central Florida — yet it unleashed a torrent of rain that flooded streets from Miami to Jupiter on Tuesday.
Whether a weak wave or a powerful hurricane, tropical systems can pound coastal areas even if they’re 1,000 miles away and never make a direct hit.
The reason: They usually have massive if not powerful circulations, said Colorado State University climatologist Phil Klotzbach.
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