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 mph (110 kph), but weakened a bit Monday morning on a track just 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 U.S. National Hurricane Center said Alex maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and further weakening was expected by Tuesday. It was centered about 130 miles (210 kilometers) north-northeast of Bermuda and was moving to the east-northeast at a brisk 29 mph (46 kph).