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Tropical Storm Alex heads for Bermuda after causing flooding in Florida: NPR


A man walks through the flooded intersection in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Saturday.

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Tropical Storm Alex heads for Bermuda after causing flooding in Florida: NPR

A man walks through the flooded intersection in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Saturday.

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Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, gained a bit more strength as it tracked towards Bermuda on Sunday after dumping rain on parts of Florida, flooding some roads.

Alex reached tropical storm strength after strengthening off the east coast of Florida early Sunday.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said as of 11:00 a.m. (1500 GMT) Alex’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 60 mph (95 km/h) and were centered about 550 miles (890 kilometers) west of the Bermuda.

It was moving east-northeast at a rapid speed of 23 mph (37 km/h) and was expected to pass near or just north of Bermuda on Monday and a tropical storm warning was in effect there. Forecasters said it could bring 2 to 3 inches (50 to 75 mm) of rain across Bermuda late Sunday and Monday.

Tropical Storm Alex heads for Bermuda after causing flooding in Florida: NPR

Olban Tremeneo Lagos, 42, points to water inside his apartment in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Saturday.

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Tropical Storm Alex heads for Bermuda after causing flooding in Florida: NPR

Olban Tremeneo Lagos, 42, points to water inside his apartment in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on Saturday.

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Parts of South Florida were inundated Saturday by heavy rain and wind. Miami officials warned drivers of road conditions as many cars were stuck in flooded streets.

“This is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Traveling in these conditions is not recommended. Better to wait. Turn around, don’t drown,” the City of Miami said. tweeted.

The city was towing stranded vehicles on flooded roads.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the storm tested the drain pump system the city recently installed as climate change has increasingly made flooding an issue in the low-lying area.

“We got the water out pretty quickly, but in some areas obviously it was really difficult,” Gelber said. “There were some traffic issues on some streets, one of the main thoroughfares was impassable, but overall the water is dissipating.”

Alex partially emerged from the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, which hit the Pacific coast of Mexico last week, killing at least nine people and leaving five missing.

In Cuba, the storm killed three people, damaged dozens of homes in Havana and knocked out power in some areas, authorities said. Heavy rains continued on Saturday, but lessened as the weather system moved away from the island.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on Tuesday. This is an unusually early start to storm season, but not unprecedented for Florida.




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