South Florida Braces for Tropical Storm Alex: What to Expect?

A tropical storm warning is in effect in Miami, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach as South Florida braces for the first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season.

This tropical system is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Alex as it heads toward Florida on Friday.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the potential tropical storm path in the Gulf of Mexico, including Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, June 3, 2022.
PHOTO: A weather map shows the area under a tropical storm warning in southern Florida, June 3, 2022.

Alex is predicted to land near the west coast of Florida overnight.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the potential path of a tropical storm expected to cross South Florida on June 3, 2022.

The biggest threat from this storm is flash flooding. Rainfall can reach as much as 3 inches per hour from Friday night to Saturday.

Most of South Florida is expected to receive 5 to 10 inches of rain, but some areas may see 10 to 15 inches of rain.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the rain forecast for southern Florida, June 3, 2022.

Wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph are also expected.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the wind forecast for Saturday in southern Florida, June 3, 2022.

But this storm should move quickly and leave Florida by Saturday afternoon.

PHOTO: A weather map shows the area threatened by a tropical storm for Saturday, forecast for June 3, 2022.

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