Several Miami streets were flooded and authorities were towing abandoned cars.
MIAMI – Hurricane Alex, the first so-called tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, made its way to Bermuda on Sunday after flooding some roads after rain fell in parts of Florida.
Alex reached the strength of a tropical storm on Sunday morning after intensifying on the east coast of Florida.
At 8 a.m., National Hurricane Center weather forecasters said Alex had a maximum wind speed of 50 miles per hour and was 635 miles southwest of central Bermuda.
It was traveling northeast at 22 miles per hour and was expected to pass near or just north of Bermuda on Monday, where a tropical storm warning was in effect.
Parts of South Florida were flooded on Saturday due to heavy rain and wind. Miami officials have warned drivers of road conditions as many cars are stuck on flooded streets.
“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Traveling in these conditions is not recommended. It is better to wait. Come back, don’t drown. ”Miami tweeted.
The city was pulling cars off the flooded roads.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the storm was testing the city’s recently installed drainage pump system as climate change made flooding more and more a problem in the lowlands.
“We pumped out the water pretty quickly, but in some areas it was really difficult,” Gelber said. “There were problems with the crossing on some streets, one of the main arteries was impassable, but a lot of water is scattered.”
Alex was partially rescued from the wreckage of Hurricane Agatha, which struck Mexico’s Pacific coast last week, killing at least nine people and leaving five missing.
Authorities say a storm in Cuba has killed three people, damaged dozens of homes in Havana and cut off power in some areas. Heavy rain continued on Saturday, but the weather system decreased as it moved away from the island.
The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on Tuesday. This is an unusually early start to the storm season, but it’s not unprecedented for Florida.
The National Hurricane Center predicts up to 10 inches of rain in South Florida, including the Florida Keys.
This story corrects the fact that the storm occurred not in the Gulf of Mexico, but in the Atlantic Ocean, and also officially reduces the death toll in Mexico to nine.
Tropical Storm Alex has caused flooding in Miami, Florida
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