Tropical Storm Alex, the Atlantic’s first named storm of 2022, was bringing storms and gusty winds to Bermuda Monday after drenching South Florida over the weekend.
Alex’s maximum sustained winds remained at 65 mph as of 8 a.m. Monday, with the island experiencing tropical storm conditions, forecasters said.
Alex was moving at a fast clip of 28 mph and was located about 100 miles north-northwest of Bermuda as of 8 a.m. On its current forecast track, the tropical storm is expected to continue moving east-northeast.
Alex is forecast to weaken to an extratropical low on Tuesday.
The swirl of stormy weather that became Alex began crossing South Florida Saturday morning, keeping most residents indoors and stranding drivers attempting to plow through flooded streets. A tropical storm warning was lifted for South Florida on Saturday afternoon, and was discontinued for the entire east coast by 5 p.m.
No additional tropical activity is expected in the Atlantic in the next five days, an NHC outlook said.
However, it is expected to be an active hurricane season.
Colorado State University’s hurricane season outlook, released Thursday, forecasted 20 named storms, 10 hurricanes, and five major hurricanes.
It’s also a La Niña year, meaning water temperatures will be warmer than usual, which is conducive for tropical development, and there will most likely be less wind shear to tear storms apart.
The next named storm to form would be Bonnie.
Floridians can buy supplies to prepare for this hurricane season free of sales taxes through June 10. Pet supplies are now included in the list of tax-free items.
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