The latest edition of The Washington Post reports tonight: “Tropical Storm Alex, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, gained a bit more force Sunday as it headed toward Bermuda after killing three people in Cuba and causing flooding in parts of Florida.
“Alex reached tropical storm force after strengthening off Florida’s east coast early Sunday.
“The US National Hurricane Center said Alex had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (105 kph) and was centered about 395 miles (640 kilometers) west of Bermuda late Sunday afternoon.
“It was moving to the east-northeast at a brisk 28 mph (44 kph) and was expected to pass near or just north of Bermuda on Monday. A tropical storm warning was in effect there. Forecasters said it could drop 1 to 2 inches (25 to 50 mm) of rain across Bermuda beginning late Sunday and into Monday.
“National Security Minister Michael Weeks said emergency services were monitoring the storm.
“In Cuba, Alex killed three people, damaged dozens of homes in Havana and cut off electricity in some areas, authorities reported.
“Parts of South Florida experienced road flooding from heavy rain and wind Saturday. Officials in Miami were towing stranded vehicles from flooded roadways.
“Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the storm tested the system of drainage pumps the city recently installed as climate change has increasingly made flooding an issue in the low-lying area.”
He is quoted as saying: “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.”
The Atlantic hurricane season officially began Tuesday. This is an unusually early start to the storm season but not unprecedented for Florida,” the report added.
Meanwhile, forecasters at the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) say local conditions will start to deteriorate overnight, starting this evening as Tropical Storm Alex approaches the island from the west-southwest.
A tropical storm warning is currently in effect, bringing “wet weather, sustained tropical storm force winds”, in addition to “harzardous surf and very rough seas” that will “set in later tonight, lasting well into Monday”.
But “much more settled weather develops Tuesday and beyond as high pressure builds in from the north”.
The forecast for tonight calls for “cloudy with periods of rain/showers chance of thunder later” with moderate winds out of the south, increasing to strong later this evening”.
You can expect strong to gale force winds out of the south-southwest late overnight, with “gale force to storm force gusts especially in elevated and exposed areas”.
The forecast for Monday, will see cloudy skies with occasional rain showers and a chance of thunder, easing later”.
Winds will be south-southwesterly and “strong to gale force gusts to storm force, possibly briefly increasing gale force to storm force gusts hurricane force especially in elevated and exposed areas, veering northwesterly strong by evening and then northerly moderate to strong overnight”.
The current forecast issued at 4:30pm today say clouds will begin to clear early Tuesday.
The next BWS update will be issued at 11:30pm tonight.
Top Feature Photo: A man crosses the flooded intersection near Southwest Fourth Street and Eighth Avenue in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Saturday, June 4, 2022 – Daniel A Varela/Miami Herald via AP