The tropical storm warning for the east coast of Florida south of Jupiter Inlet has been lifted

MIAMI – Parts of South Florida experienced street flooding from heavy rain and winds on Saturday as a storm system that was battering Mexico swept across the state.

Miami officials warned drivers about road conditions as many cars became stuck on flooded roads.

“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 said tweeted.

The city towed stranded vehicles from flood lanes.

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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.

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“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.”

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was once known agatha in the Pacific Ocean will be known as Alex in the Atlantic Basin when it achieves tropical storm status.

(National Hurricane Center)

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At 2:00 p.m. EDT, the tropical storm warning was canceled for the east coast of Florida south of Jupiter Inlet.

A tropical storm warning was in effect along the state’s east coast south of the Volusia-Brevard County line to Jupiter Inlet and the northwestern Bahamas. A tropical storm watch was in effect for Bermuda. Maximum sustained winds were recorded near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

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The storm is expected to reach tropical storm strength off Florida’s east coast by Saturday night and strengthen by Monday as it moves away from Florida and into the Atlantic.

(National Hurricane Center)

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.

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 on Tuesday. This is an unusually early start to the storm season, but not unprecedented for Florida.

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The National Hurricane Center forecasts rainfall of up to 10 inches is possible in southern Florida, including the Florida Keys. The storm is not expected to produce large winds or large storm surges. However, local flooding is likely.

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A Pacific storm, Hurricane Agatha caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 11 people and left 20 missing in Mexico, officials said. It caused rivers to burst their banks, sweeping people away from homes while burying other victims under mud and rocks.

Agatha made history as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in May during the eastern Pacific hurricane season since 1949. Climate scientists say tropical systems are becoming stronger and more destructive due to global warming.

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No tropical development is expected elsewhere in the Atlantic for at least the next five days.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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