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Tropical depression or storm ‘likely’ as South Florida braces for heavy rain, flash floods

A tropical system — now known as Invest 91L — gathering strength near the Yucatan Peninsula may become the first tropical storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season as it heads toward Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.

If sustained winds strengthen to 39 mph, it would become Tropical Storm Alex, the first name on this year’s list of storm names for the Atlantic basin.

The system “likely” to become a tropical depression or tropical storm as it moves northeast over the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico over the next day or two.

Tropical storm watches or warnings may be issued for some areas later today, the Hurricane Center said.

Regardless of development, the system could bring flooding rains across South Florida, with some areas seeing 8 to 12 inches of rain. AccuWeather forecasters are predicting up to 20 inches in some areas.

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