Tropical Storm Warning for South Florida; Heavy Rain, Flooding

At this time, it looks like more a rain impact than a wind impact, but that rain could be very heavy on Saturday


All of South Florida is under a Tropical Storm Warning due to what could be the first named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

Potential Tropical Cyclone One formed Thursday and is bringing heavy rainfall and flooding to South Florida.

Potential Tropical Cyclone One was located 175 miles southwest of Fort Myers and was moving northeast at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, as of the latest advisory.

The impacts for Friday/Saturday include heavy rainfall leading to flooding, gusty winds. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches are possible with isolated amounts close to 12 inches.

While the winds are at a tropical storm level, the National Hurricane Center has yet to classify it at that level due to an undefined center.

The system should move across the southern and central portions of the Florida Peninsula on Saturday, and then over the southwestern Atlantic north of the northwestern Bahamas late Saturday through Sunday, according to the NHC.

The system isn't expected to strengthen when it crosses over Florida, the NHC said. But it's expected to develop a well-defined center and strengthen slightly late this
weekend and early next week over the western Atlantic.

If it develops into a tropical storm, it would be named Alex. 

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The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began Wednesday with researchers predicting an "above-normal" year and forecasters already keeping an eye on one system that could become the first named storm of the season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's averages for the Atlantic hurricane season is 14 named storms and seven hurricanes. The average for major hurricanes is three.

Last month, NOAA released their predictions for this year, calling for an "above-normal" 2022 with 14-21 named storms expected.


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