South Florida tropical storm warning
The Sunshine State could face Tropical Storm Alex on Saturday, and a tropical storm warning was issued Friday morning for southern Florida, western Florida, the Keys and Cuba.
One potential tropical cyclone formed on Thursday and is expected to bring heavy rain and the possibility of flooding in southern Florida.
The first potential tropical cyclone was located 125 miles north of Cozumel, Mexico.
and 420 miles southwest of Fort Myers, and was moving northeast at 6 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph as of the latest advice.
The National Hurricane Center began issuing a forecast about the possibility of a tropical cyclone on Thursday evening, when it issued a tropical storm forecast for the area.
Forecasters said they expect a tropical depression to form by Friday morning and turn into a tropical storm before making landfall on the west coast of Florida on the day of the cause.
Hurricane aircraft has already detected winds with the force of a tropical storm. The warning means that a tropical storm is expected within 36 hours.
The system should move through the southeastern Gulf of Mexico through Friday night, then move through the southern and central parts of the Florida peninsula on Saturday.
If it develops into a tropical storm, which meteorologists have said is possible, it will be called Alex.
Worst weather is likely to extend from Friday afternoon into late Saturday night. Forecasters say the biggest concern for this storm isn’t wind, but rain.