Tropical Storm Alex sweeps across Bermuda after causing deaths in Cuba and road flooding in Florida

Tropical Storm Alex is en route to Bermuda after causing heavy rains and flooded roads in Florida and killing three people in Cuba.

The US National Hurricane Center issued a storm warning for Bermuda on Sunday morning, saying Alex, the first-named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, would pass near or north of the Caribbean island on Monday.

It said wind speeds had increased from around 45mph on Saturday night to a sustained 65mph which was expected to continue throughout Sunday night into Monday.

The storm is also expected to bring 2-3 inches of rain to Bermuda.

Before the storm got its name, the storm had stranded cars in waist-deep water and dumped up to 11.6 inches of rainfall on cities across Florida, leaving flights grounded.

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

Volunteers push a boat through a flooded street to rescue a neighbor who is unable to leave his home in Havana, Cuba June 3, 2022

(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

A Cuban driving a classic American car meets his opponent on June 3, 2022 in Havana, Cuba

(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Alex is a new version of the storm that was named Hurricane Agatha when it hit Mexico’s Pacific coast earlier this week, killing at least 11 and missing 20.

It got a new name when the storm crossed Mexico into the Atlantic basin.

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

A graphic from the US National Hurricane Center showing Storm Alex’s predicted path as of Sunday evening

(National Hurricane Center)

The city towed many stranded vehicles from flooded streets while hundreds of Florida passenger flights were canceled or delayed, according to FlightAware.

A video posted by on Twitter WSVN Reporter Sheldon Fox showed a school of fish swimming through a flooded underground parking lot, while another clip by Jacqui Zayas showed a man riding a bike and dragging his dog through the water on a surfboard.

As of 12 p.m. Saturday, Miami had seen more rain than Southern California for all of 2021, AccuWeather reported.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the storm tested the system of drainage pumps the city recently installed, as climate change has made flooding a growing problem in the low-lying area.

“We drained the water pretty quickly, but of course it was a real challenge in some areas,” said Gelber. “There were transit difficulties on some roads, one of the main traffic arteries was impassable, but by and large the water is draining.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said most government services, like bus routes and trains, plan to operate normally over the weekend. South Florida canal levels have been lowered to minimize flooding from heavy rains.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially began last Tuesday, marking an unusually early start to the storm season but not unprecedented for Florida.

Additional reporting by agencies

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