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So, a hurricane hit here earlier and the spinoffs and minor flooding started Monday afternoon. Driving Monday afternoon, and all day Tuesday and Wednesday, only verified how much cars, especially small cars like this, and especially this car, absolutely suck in the rain. No ground clearance, no weight to help it stick to the ground, no height to see around large vehicles and objects, etc.. That's stuff I'm used to, the 2 cars before this were slammed to the ground and I learned to live with the pulling and dragging in puddles and having to drive slower so I can watch for and avoid puddles, but this car seems more prone to pulling and dragging in the puddles, but that I could live with. But, this car has one issue I noticed the day after I got the car, the back window fogs up fast when it's raining and hot out (which happens a lot here), but that I can live with. I can't live with what it did today, I'm not positive what it was. The car started jumping in first gear, but as soon as it got into second it stopped the jumping. It did it pulling out of the driveway, and at the next 4 stops. Then it stopped, but after shutting off the car for 5 minutes while I was in the store, then coming back out and starting it, it did it at the light turning onto the highway, but more jumping, and this time unnoticed the traction control light flashing. The car hasn't done it since, and it's been driven about 80 miles, with probably 4-6 stops along the way. I've never had the car do this before, even in the deep puddles like I've been in the past few days and countless times before. It's like all of the sudden it's got Prius-like overly sensitive traction control (you know what I'm talking about if you ever gave a Prius a little extra gas on wet or unpaved roads). Long story short; what could cause this? Could it be traction control over reacting due to flooded roads? Or is it an electrical issue somewhere causing the car to stop giving gas to the engine? If it helps, I don't think the traction control light was on the first couple of times it happened. I tried taking it to the dealer, but they're closed till Monday "due to inclement weather" along with the other 2 closest dealers.