Tropical Storm Alex forms in the Atlantic Ocean after leaving South Florida with flooding rain – CBS Tampa

MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) — Tropical Storm Alex has formed and became the first storm to bear the name of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. Heavy rain and flooding occurred in South Florida on Saturday.

Alex drove away from the Bahamas and toward Bermuda on Sunday morning with sustained winds of 80 km/h. On Monday, the storm is expected to pass north of Bermuda, which is currently being warned of tropical storms. Gusts of wind and 2 to 3 inches of rain are possible.

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“Some slight strengthening is possible today (Sunday), followed by weakening from Monday,” the National Hurricane Center said.

As of Sunday early Sunday, the US and Bahamas were no longer threatened by the storm.

On Saturday, the system hit South Florida with a trio of heavy rains, high winds and flooding, with up to 11 inches falling in some areas since Friday.

The city of Miami warned residents Saturday afternoon that several roads were closed. At least one beach was temporarily closed.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials warned that the danger of flooding over the weekend is “high” across the county, especially in low-lying and poorly drained areas, and urged residents not to attempt to walk or walk through flooded water. to drive. From Friday to Saturday, about 100 vehicles were stranded in floodwaters in Miami, fire chief Joseph Zahralban told CNN affiliate WSVN.

According to the National Weather Service, the June 4 storm dumped a record amount of daily rainfall in West Palm Beach (which held 4.5 inches of water), Fort Lauderdale (which held 6.55 inches) and Miami (which took 5.24 inches). .

Another above-average forecast for the hurricane season

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Last month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its forecast for this hurricane season.

It forecasts an above-average year, with 14 to 21 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes — of Category 3 strength or greater.

There are several factors that contribute to a “busy” hurricane season.

“We are in an active period,” said NOAA administrator Rick Spinrad. “There are certain ingredients that determine the intensity and frequency of hurricanes.”

One is the existing La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific.

This phenomenon creates cooler-than-average ocean temperatures around the equator in the Pacific Ocean and results in weathering around the world.

La Niña provides favorable conditions for hurricanes in the Atlantic, unlike El Niño.

Colorado State University released an update to the forecast on Thursday. It is now calling for a well above hurricane season with 20 named storms, 10 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes.

This is the highest number of named storms CSU has ever forecast for the June season, Phil Klotzbach, author of the forecast, told CNN. In 2020, the university’s forecast center predicted 19 storms during its June release, but that number included three storms named before the season started.

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