Tropical Storm Alex forms off Florida Coast

NHC names first storm on the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The National Hurricane Center is now issuing advisories for Tropical Storm Alex.

Alex is an early season storm and will only slowly increase in strength over the next 24 hours as it sits over open waters moving away from the U.S.

Before upgrading to a Tropical Storm, Alex dropped 8-12 inches of rainfall across South Florida causing flash flooding.

This track has kept much of the heavy rains and impact away from Jacksonville.

Tropical Storm Alex is a heavily sheared system with much of the worst weather far away from the center of the storm. Therefore, when tracking the storm, don’t look to the center of the storm to note where the worst of the bad weather is located.

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Here’s the 11 p.m. advisory:

At 11 PM AST, the center of Tropical Storm Alex was located near latitude 32.5 North, longitude 69.0 West. Alex is moving toward the east-northeast near 28 mph (44 km/h). A fast motion toward the east-northeast is expected through Monday night. On the forecast track, the center of the tropical storm is expected to pass near or just north of Bermuda on Monday. Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and observations from NOAA Buoy 41048 indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Alex is forecast to begin to weaken overnight, and the system is expected to become an extratropical low by late Monday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km) from the center. Earlier this evening NOAA buoy 41048 reported peak sustained winds of 60 mph (96 km/h) and a wind gust of 69 mph (111 km/h). The latest minimum central pressure based on reconnaissance aircraft data is 988 mb (29.18 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ----------------------

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected on the island of Bermuda beginning late tonight.

RAINFALL: Rainfall from Tropical Storm Alex is expected to bring 1 to 2 inches or 25 to 50 mm of rain across Bermuda tonight into Monday.

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