Wet Conditions in Central Florida Increase Likelihood of Sinkholes
With more than 15.8 inches of rain — more than double the average — last month marked the third-wettest August on record in Orlando since 1892, according the National Weather Service in Melbourne. The wet weather will most likely continue for another month, as Central Florida usually sees several inches of rain in September, forecasters said.
“In general it’s been quite wet since July. … The four or five months before that was part of the dry season, and it was drier than normal,” said Tony Cristaldi, senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Melbourne. “That creates the perfect recipe for sinkholes to form here in Florida when those heavy rains follow a dry period.”