Tropical Storm Alex lashes Bermuda area with wind, rain
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bermuda shuttered its schools, businesses and government agencies as Tropical Storm Alex brushed past the British overseas territory on Monday after killing three people in Cuba and deluging parts of Florida.
The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season had grown to near hurricane force late Sunday, reaching 70 miles per hour, but weakened Monday as it raced past north of Bermuda.
In Florida it flooded streets and left drivers stranded in some cities over the weekend while in Cuba, it killed three people, damaged dozens of homes and knocked out electricity in some areas, authorities reported. .
The US National Hurricane Center said Alex maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and further weakening was expected by Tuesday.
It was centred about 220 miles northeast of Bermuda by Monday afternoon and was moving to the east-northeast at a brisk 29 mile per hour.
Forecasters said it could drop 1 to 2 inches of rain and generate waves of up to 20 feet.
More than 800 customers already were without power, and at least three American Airlines flights were cancelled, authorities said.
Bermuda's government Twitter account said crews were clearing downed trees from roads.
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