HURRICANE SAFETY AND PREPAREDNESS
Tropical Storm Alex Tracking Over the Atlantic
By weather.com meteorologists
8 hours ago
After Florida Tropical Storm Alex Heading for Bermuda
Tropical Storm Alex didn’t become a tropical storm until after it moved over Southern Florida with flooding rain.
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At a Glance
- A tropical disturbance soaked South Florida with flooding rain.
- The system is now tracking into the Atlantic away from Florida as Tropical Storm Alex
- Alex will impact Bermuda into Monday.
Tropical storm Alex has officially formed over the Atlantic, as the disturbance that soaked South Florida with flooding rainfall was finally able to organize after moving offshore.
The disturbance produced rainfall totals in excess of 10 inches in southeast Florida, including the Miami metro area, where flooding reports were numerous early Saturday. The top total was 13.5 inches near Hollywood Water Treatment Plant, and all of that fell in the 24 hours ending early Saturday morning.
In Cuba, heavy downpours from the system caused landslides and accidents that left two people dead in the capital, Havana, the Associated Press reported.
See the link below for more details on the impacts this system has caused.
(LATEST: Flooding in Florida, Cuba)
The disturbance failed to become a tropical storm prior to moving inland across Florida. That’s because strong winds aloft and dry air kept it from organizing a well-defined area of low pressure with collocated rain and thunderstorm activity.
Instead, the disturbance crossed Florida as Potential Tropical Cyclone One. This naming procedure allows the National Hurricane Center to issue advisories, watches and warnings and a forecast path for a system that hasn’t yet developed but poses a threat of tropical-storm-force winds to land areas within 48 hours.
It’s a good example of how a weak tropical system can still bring significant impacts in the form of flooding rainfall.