Tropical Storm Alex targets Bermuda after flooding Florida

Tropical Storm Alex was expected to bring damaging winds and a few inches of rain to Bermuda on Monday, days after the weather system caused flooding in South Florida and killed at least three people in Cuba.

As of Monday morning, a tropical storm warning was in effect for Bermuda, according to the National Hurricane Center. Alex, who became the first named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season early Sunday had sustained winds of 65 miles per hour.

Alex was moving rapidly east-northeast at 28 mph and was expected to pass near Bermuda later Monday and then weaken to an extratropical depression in the evening. Up to two inches of rain was expected on the island.

In anticipation of the storm, public schools in Bermuda were closed on Monday and government offices would have a delayed opening, said Michael Weeks, Bermuda’s Minister of National Security.

The island’s public beaches would also be closed for swimming, he said, adding that public transport – including buses and ferries – would be suspended for at least the morning.

The system that became Tropical Storm Alex formed last week in the Gulf of Mexico in part from the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, a Pacific region storm that hit Mexico as a storm of category 2 with heavy rain and destructive winds. This storm killed at least nine people as it moved over Mexico and into the Gulf.

The system, which had yet to reach tropical storm strength, inundated South Florida on Saturday, causing flash flooding. In Miami, drivers had to deal with heavy rain and impassable streets, which saved several people from the rising waters.

By Sunday afternoon, it had strengthened to become the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and parts of southern Florida received more than a foot of rain, according to preliminary rainfall totals. . of the National Weather Service in Miami. Hollywood, Fla., just south of Fort Lauderdale, had received nearly 15 inches of rain in 48 hours. Similar totals were recorded at Margate and Biscayne Park. The storm also disrupted air travel in South Florida, where hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed on Saturday.

Parts of western Cuba were submerged in the storm, which also claimed at least three lives, according to NBC News.

It’s the first year since 2014 that a named storm hasn’t formed in the Atlantic before the official season start on June 1. 21 named storms considered likely. Up to 10 of them are expected to reach hurricane strength.

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