The tropical system rain in Florida is still expected to turn into a tropical storm Alex, but until its irregular center crosses the state late Saturday. Meanwhile, half of Florida is under tropical storm warning, with hurricane force winds of up to 50 mph in some places.
The center, referred to as the Potential Tropical Cyclone One, was located 45 miles south-southwest of Fort Myers on the advice of the National Hurricane Center at 8 a.m., and the system continued to move northwest at 18 mph. The wind is blowing at 40 mph.
“On the forecast route, the disruption is expected to move across southern or central Florida today, the southwestern Atlantic north of the Bahamas and near or north of Bermuda on Monday,” said NHC senior hurricane expert Robbie Berg.
The tropical-typhoon-storm winds stretched 275 miles from its center, with a meteorological station at Government Cut near Miami blowing at 40 mph on Saturday morning and up to 53 mph.
Overnight, its structure expanded further, however, it accelerated.
“In other words, the system has gone the wrong way in becoming a tropical cyclone,” Berg said. “Global models, the center could jump or regenerate near Florida’s east-central coast this afternoon or later, and then build and maintain a more familiar tropical cyclone – like structure.”
It is expected to turn east-northeast as it moves into the Atlantic on Sunday, and then back east on Monday night.
Heavy rain continues in southern Florida, with less expected in central Florida on Saturday. In some parts of South Florida there are already about 15 feet of isolated waters, about one foot, which could trigger flash and urban flood warnings in the Miami-Date, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucy and Indian river districts.
Some streets in downtown Miami were flooded overnight, with city officials closing the streets after emergency responders handled several calls from cars stuck in the water.
“Please stay off the road and do not drive in floodwaters,” Miami City Fire and Rescue officials warned. “We strongly urge you not to drive or walk in stagnant water. Be safe and allow us to assess the situation.
Less than 10,000 people are without electricity in Florida as of 10 a.m., mostly from Florida Power & Light in the Miami-Date, Broward and Palm Beach counties power cut. us. Officials from federal Florida power companies, including Duke Energy, the Orlando Utilities Commission, and the Kissimme Utility Authority. Ready to deal with any power outage quickly.
A tropical storm warning is in effect off the coast of the Gulf of South, including the Florida Keys and Tri-Torcos, and then returns the east coast of Florida to the Brewer-Volusia County Line and Lake Ochichope. There are also warnings for parts of the Bahamas.
[ MAP: Latest track for tropical system over Florida ]
In Cuba, two people were killed in a landslide and crash in the capital, Havana, due to heavy rains brought in by state media, state media reported. One person is reported missing after falling into a flood-ravaged river in the province of Pinar del Rio. The country’s Civil Defense says the main damage so far has been to homes and the electrical system. The state electricity company says 50,000 customers are without electricity.
The system became very erratic overnight, and when Osceola, Brevard and Polk Counties were under a domestic tropical storm warning, winds of up to 25 mph were expected, said Spectrum News 13 meteorologist Mallory Nichols.
“The wind cutting has been our friend for the last two days and has prevented this system from getting organized,” he said. “The next few hours will be bad weather, but it’s not even bad.”
The The region will still receive light to moderate rainfall With some lightning, the center of the system is approaching Saturday on the west coast of Florida near Fort Myers, although its heavy rain groups have already moved inland. The rain should last till evening.
June 1 marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season, which runs through November 30. Forecasters expect another year above average for tropical system production. Last year saw 21 named storms, and by 2020 recorded 30 named storms.
As a Pacific storm, Hurricane Agatha caused flooding and landslides, killing at least 11 people in Mexico and leaving 20 missing, officials said. It was washed away by rivers and people were evacuated from their homes, while other victims were buried under mud and rocks.
Agatha made history as the strongest hurricane to make landfall in May during the East Pacific hurricane season since 1949. Climate scientists say that tropical systems will become more powerful and destructive due to global warming.
Orlando Sentinel staff writers Amanda Robbins, Joe Mario Peterson and Roger Simmons and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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