TAfter flooding parts of Florida with rain, Tropical Storm Alex, which was the first storm to be named in the Atlantic hurricane season’s Atlantic hurricane season, headed towards Bermuda.
Alex reached tropical storm force after strengthening off Florida’s east coast early Sunday.
National Hurricane Center forecasters reported that Alex was moving at 50 mph (80 kmph) with a center about 635miles (1,020km) to the west of Bermuda.
It moved to the northeast at approximately 22 mph (35 km/h) and was forecast to pass close to or just north Bermuda on Monday. There was a tropical storm watch in place.
Road flooding was a common occurrence in South Florida on Saturday, as a result of heavy rainfall and winds. Miami authorities warned drivers to be aware of road conditions because many cars had been left on the streets due to flooding.
“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. These conditions are not conducive to traveling. It’s better to wait. Turn around, don’t drown,” the city of Miami tweeted.
It was being used to transport vehicles that were stuck on the streets due to flooding.
Dan Gelber, Miami Beach mayor said that the storm testified to the drainage pumps installed by the city in response to climate change’s increasing threat of flooding.
“We moved the water off pretty quickly, but in some areas, obviously, it was really challenging,” Gelber said. “There were some problems getting through on some streets, one of the main arteries was unpassable, but by and large water is dissipating.”
Alex partially emerged from the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, which slammed into Mexico’s Pacific Coast last week, killing at least nine people and leaving five missing.
Three people were killed in Cuba by a storm that damaged several homes and disrupted electricity supply in certain areas. Although heavy rainfall was still occurring on Saturday, it began to diminish as the weather systems moved away.
Officially, the Atlantic hurricane season began Tuesday. It is not usual for Florida to start the storm season so early.
The National Hurricane Center forecasted that rainfall could reach 10 inches (25cm) in South Florida. This includes the Florida Keys.
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