(CMR) Caymanians spending the long four-day holiday weekend in Miami, Florida, may have their vacation plans dampened as a tropical storm is heading towards the state. Tropical Storm Alex is expected to start affecting South Florida late Friday into Saturday.
A tropical storm warning was issued for South Florida, West Florida, the Keys and Cuba Friday morning. A warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.
There is no tropical storm warning expected for the Cayman Islands; however, poor weather conditions are expected over the weekend.
The National Hurricane Center issued forecasts for Potential Tropical Cyclone One Thursday evening, with a tropical storm watch for Florida. The system is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm Friday as it moves across the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, where it is expected to bring heavy rains.
The center of the storm is expected to pass through the middle of Florida, bringing winds and rains with the worst of the weather likely to stretch from Friday afternoon through late Saturday night. A flood watch is in effect for South Florida through Sunday morning, the Miami Herald reported.
Potential Tropical Cyclone One at 7 am was located near 22.3 N 86.6 W, about 125 miles N of Cozumel Mexico, or about 405 miles northwest of Grand Cayman. The system is moving northeast at 6 mph with max sustained winds of 40 mph.