‘Life-threatening situation’ in Florida as storm brings heavy rain and flooding | American News

South Florida residents have been warned not to travel as a “life-threatening” storm moves through the state.

The storm was about 145 miles east-northeast of Fort Pierce, moving at a speed of about 20 mph late Saturday.

It is expected to bring rainfall of up to 10 inches (25 cm) to southern Florida, including the Florida Keys, and has already caused three deaths and property damage in Cuba.

The City of Miami tweeted: “This is a dangerous and life threatening situation.

“Travelling in these conditions is not recommended.

“It is better to wait – to turn around, not to drown. »

The National Hurricane Center said the storm – known as Agatha in the Pacific Ocean – will be named Alex in the Atlantic Ocean basin if it is designated as a tropical storm.

Maximum sustained winds are currently near 45 mph, the storm is expected to strengthen on Monday as it moves into the Atlantic.

A storm is classified as a tropical storm if its winds are between 39 and 72 mph.

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Olban Tremeneo Lagos, 42, in his flooded home in Little Havana, Miami. Photo: AP

The threat of flash flooding is expected to decrease on Sunday, although the threat of urban flooding has increased, the center said.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Bermuda, which is already experiencing flooding and high winds.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said the drain pumps in his area were tested by the storm, adding, “We got the water out pretty quickly, but in some areas obviously it was really difficult. .

“There were some traffic issues on some streets, one of the main thoroughfares was impassable, but overall the water is dissipating. »

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