Tropical Storm Alex entered the Atlantic Saturday, becoming the first named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.
"The biggest impact we saw was a Potential Tropical Cyclone One as it made landfall over Southwest Florida" Saturday morning," said Rodney Wynn, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Southwest Florida.
Almost 15 inches of rain was recorded in Hollywood and Margate, 14.85 and 14.79 respectively, according to the National Weather Service, Miami.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph, with higher gusts.
Weakening is forecast, and Alex is expected to become an extratropical low later today. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles from the center. The Bermuda Airport reported a sustained wind of 39 mph with a gust to 59 mph within the last hour. A Bermuda Weather Service buoy at Crescent Reef, just north of Bermuda, recently reported a sustained wind of 55 mph, with a gust to 72 mph. An automated station at the Bermuda Heliport reported a sustained wind of 49 mph and a gust to 67 mph.
Alex is expected to continue moving over cooler waters in an environment of increasing vertical wind shear and dry air. It is likely to become extratropical or a remnant low later today.