Tropical sorm clocks are posted for Florida as the system enters the Gulf

Tropical storm watches were set for Florida, Cuba and the Bahamas on Thursday as the system that has been battering Mexico moves east.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm once known as Agatha in the Pacific Ocean will be known as Alex in the Atlantic Basin.

In Florida, the tropical storm watch extended from Longboat Key on the Gulf Coast across Florida’s southern peninsula, including Lake Okeechobee, which is always a flood hazard. The low-lying Florida Keys have been included in the storm watch.

The Cuban government has issued a tropical storm watch for the provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, La Habana, Artemisa, Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth, according to the US National Weather Service.

The observation area also included the northwestern Bahamas.

In Florida, the tropical storm watch extended from Longboat Key on the Gulf Coast across Florida's southern peninsula.
In Florida, the tropical storm watch extended from Longboat Key on the Gulf Coast across Florida’s southern peninsula.
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The Atlantic hurricane season officially began on Tuesday. This is an unusually early start to the storm season, but not unprecedented for Florida.

The National Hurricane Center predicts rainfall of up to 10 inches in South Florida locations is possible from this storm, which is not expected to produce large winds or large storm surges. Still, flooding is likely and winds could be a bit strong.

The Hurricane Center said maximum sustained winds from the system Thursday afternoon were about 35 mph with higher gusts. It’s expected to become a tropical storm sometime Friday, meaning higher winds but not hurricane-level winds.

“Heavy rain will affect South Florida and the Keys Friday and continue through Saturday,” the Hurricane Center said in an online post. Storm surges and floods are also forecast, the severity of which depends on the timing of the tides.

A Pacific storm, Hurricane Agatha caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 11 people and left 20 missing in Mexico, officials said. It caused rivers to burst their banks, sweeping people away from homes while burying other victims under mud and rocks.

This storm is now heading for Florida.

Agatha made history as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in May during the eastern Pacific hurricane season since 1949. Climate scientists say tropical systems are becoming stronger and more destructive due to global warming.

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