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Possible tropical storm to hit Florida as remains of deadly Hurricane Agatha lift from Mexico

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More than half of Florida is in the crosshairs of what could become Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to form Friday and become the season’s first tropical storm, according to the National Weather Service.

The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida on Saturday morning.

This storm is made up of the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, the weather system that ravaged Mexico’s Pacific coast with winds of about 105 mph.

Hurricane Agatha caused mudslides and flooding, killing at least 11 people and leaving another 20 missing.

The weather center said the storm could lead to coastal flooding from 1-3 feet above the ground in the southwestern part of the state and in the Florida Keys.

Metro Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach may also be affected.

Inland, up to 10 centimeters of rain is expected.

There are warnings of possible flooding in southwest Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba

Changing Gulf of Mexico winds likely to prevent storm from turning into hurricane

Changing Gulf of Mexico winds likely to prevent storm from turning into hurricane

Coastal Area With Flooding Can See Floods Up To Three Feet

Coastal Area With Flooding Can See Floods Up To Three Feet

Heavy rain was reported in southern Florida Friday morning and the storm is expected to land well on Saturday

Heavy rain was reported in southern Florida Friday morning and the storm is expected to land well on Saturday

Winds will be over 40 miles per hour with a chance of tornadoes

Winds will be over 40 miles per hour with a chance of tornadoes

The storm is not expected to affect neighboring Alabama except in the case of rip currents in coastal areas

The storm is not expected to affect neighboring Alabama except in the case of rip currents in coastal areas

Winds over 40 mph and possible isolated tornadoes will accompany the storm. And as early as Friday afternoon, winds in excess of 30 mph were reported in Florida.

At the time of writing, tropical storm warnings are in effect for cities such as: Miami, Sarasota, the Florida Keys, West Palm Beach, Melbourne, Dry Tortuga, Florida Bay and Lake Okeechobee.

The storm is not expected to affect neighboring Alabama except in the case of rip currents in coastal areas.

On Friday, officials in southern Florida towns had handed out sandbags, reports say CBS Miami. The station’s meteorologist said, “We’re going to be hit hard.”

Tropical Storm Alex makes landfall in Florida on Saturday morning

Tropical Storm Alex makes landfall in Florida on Saturday morning

The weather center said the storm could lead to coastal flooding from 1-3 feet above the ground in the southwestern part of the state and in the Florida Keys.

The weather center said the storm could lead to coastal flooding from 1-3 feet above the ground in the southwestern part of the state and in the Florida Keys.

Inland, up to 10 inches of rain is expected

Inland, up to 10 inches of rain is expected

A public information message from the National Hurricane Center on Friday morning that: “The system is expected to develop a well-defined center and become a tropical storm later in the day… This rain can cause significant flashes and urban flooding.”

The heaviest rainfall is expected to have passed from Florida on Saturday afternoon.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the forecast was somewhat unusual as significant rainfall was expected in southwest Florida on Friday and windy but drier conditions on Saturday. “The rain actually beats the wind” rather than the two coming together, he said.

“No one is going into emergency posture anymore,” DeSantis said, but authorities would keep an eye out for a strengthening storm. “We have to be ready anyway.”

Regardless of whether the storm reaches tropical storm status or not, “significant flooding is possible in South Florida and the Keys,” CNN’s Chad Myers said.

Myers also said strong winds changing direction over the Gulf of Mexico will make it difficult for Tropical Storm Alex to develop into a hurricane.

The meteorologist said, ‘We have many opposing forces here. It’s like trying to speed up your car and not realizing your emergency brake is on.’

If those winds abate, it’s possible the storm could intensify further, though Myers said that’s unlikely.

Dry air over the Gulf of Mexico could help reduce storm intensity, according to The weather channel.

Florida-based NWS meteorologist Scott Kelly said: the Orlando Sentinel: ‘Tornadoes can occur within tropical cyclones, in fact they often do. If they do occur, they are more likely to occur along the track to the right and that would put South Florida and counties around Lake Okeechobee in the area where one or two tornadoes would be possible, but again heavy rain will have the greatest impact. which we expect right now.’

In addition to this system approaching Florida, meteorologists are monitoring a second tropical threat hundreds of miles from the Carolinas, according to AccuWeather. If it turns into a tropical storm, it’ll be called Bonnie.

Hurricane Agatha has killed at least 11 people in the state of Oaxaca

Hurricane Agatha has killed at least 11 people in the state of Oaxaca

Oaxaca Governor Alejando Murat said rivers overflowed and dragged people into homes, while other victims were buried under mud and rocks

Oaxaca Governor Alejando Murat said rivers overflowed and dragged people into homes, while other victims were buried under mud and rocks

Oaxaca Governor Alejando Murat said rivers overflowed and dragged people into homes, while other victims were buried under mud and rocks.

“There were essentially two reasons” for the deaths, Murat told local media. “There were rivers that overflowed, and on the other side, and the most serious part, there were landslides.”

Murat said the dead seemed to be concentrated in a number of small towns in the mountains just inland from the coast. But he said there were also reports of three missing children near the seaside town of Huatulco.

Hurricane Agatha is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in May during the Eastern Pacific hurricane season since 1949.

Climate scientists have long warned of the increasing strength of tropical storms due to climate change.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said earlier in May that this hurricane season would show “above normal” activity.

The NOAA said there will be 14-21 named storms, six to 10 hurricanes and three to six Category 3 or stronger hurricanes.

AccuWeather notes in their coverage of Tropical Storm Alex that Friday in southwest Florida will receive more rain in an hour than in Los Angeles all year.

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