Tropical Storm Alex struck Cuba on Friday, June 3, 2022, as alerts were issued for the Bahamas and the Florida Peninsula. Cuba’s meteorological center reported more than 30 areas with at least 102 mm of rainwater in the center and west of the country.
In Havana, heavy and uninterrupted rains caused flooding in the streets, blocking traffic.
The shops were mostly closed as few people braved the flooded streets to walk on water to their knees.
Heavy downpours caused intermittent flooding but no strong winds inside the low-pressure zone, which, if intensified as it passes through the Gulf of Mexico, could eventually advance toward Florida.
In the northern coastal town of Pinar del Rio, people rushed to secure homes, boats and the precious tobacco crop stored in dryers.
Volunteers push a boat down a street flooded by heavy rain to rescue a neighbor unable to leave his home alone in Havana
The Cuban Meteorological Institute’s forecasting center reported more than 30 areas with at least 102 mm of rainwater in the center and west of the country.
Experts have warned that winds are not the hallmark of this storm, but rather that saturated soil caused by heavy rains in May could cause flooding in low-lying areas with poor drainage.
A person driving a classic American car on a street flooded by heavy rain in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, June 3, 2022
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said the storm – which will form from the remnants of Hurricane Agatha in the Pacific Ocean – will be known as Alex in the Atlantic Ocean Basin.
The Atlantic hurricane season began last Tuesday, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts above-average hurricane activity this year, making it the seventh highest-average hurricane season in a row. .