Tropical Storm Watch Issued for South Florida as possible Tropical Cyclone One Forms – NBC 6 South Florida

Tropical Storm Watch Issued for South Florida as possible Tropical Cyclone One Forms – NBC 6 South Florida

possible Tropical Cyclone One formed Thursday night and is expected to bring heavy rainfall and possible flooding to South Florida over the weekend.

possible Tropical Cyclone One
5:00 PM EDT Thu Jun 2
Location: 21.4°N 87.5°W
Moving: N at 5 mph
Min pressure: 1003 mb
Max consistent: 35 mph

— John Morales (@JohnMoralesTV) June 2, 2022

possible Tropical Cyclone One was located 75 miles northwest of Cozumel, Mexico, and 505 miles southwest of Fort Myers, and was moving north at 5 mph with maximum consistent winds of 35 mph.

The system should move across the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Friday night, and then move across the southern and central portions of the Florida Peninsula on Saturday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The possible tropical cyclone is expected to produce heavy rains over the eastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Cayman Islands and western Cuba by Friday, according to the NHC.

Heavy rains will begin to affect South Florida and the Keys Friday and continue by Saturday, with rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches with maximum totals of 12 inches in South Florida, including the Keys.

The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Watch for South Florida until further notice, including a Flood Watch for coastal Miami-Dade and a Flood Advisory for Broward.

In the eastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Cayman Islands, 2
to 4 inches of rainfall is expected, with secluded maximum of 6 inches. Six to 10 inches is expected in Cuba, with secluded maximum of 14 inches.

If it develops into a tropical storm, which forecasters said is possible, it would be named Alex.

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

Some parts of South Florida could see as much as five inches of rain over the time of the system’s impact. But rainfall forecasts are trending up with form output of as much as 10 inches in metro South Florida, according to NBC 6 Hurricane Specialist John Morales.

Winds will gust in addition, quite possibly 30-40 miles per hour or slightly higher. 

It does seem as though Tropical Storm or already Hurricane Alex could form in the Atlantic after the system crosses Florida.

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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