START OF HURRICANE SEASON BROUGHT 11 INCHES OF RAIN TO THE KEYS

Already a known trouble spot for flooding in Marathon, residents in the Sombrero Boulevard neighborhood found the road borderline impassable through certain parts of the storm. ALEX RICKERT/Keys Weekly

A storm making its way to the Florida Keys late last week didn’t become a tropical storm, but it brought a heavy dose of rain and some gusty winds in certain sections of the Florida Keys. 

Per the National Weather Service, several Upper Keys neighborhoods witnessed more than 10 inches of rain from potential tropical cyclone one from June 3 through June 4. Kahiki Drive on Plantation Key had the highest rainfall total, 11.12 inches, followed by Harry Harris Drive in Tavernier, 10.89 inches. 

In the Middle Keys, Calle Ensenada saw 8.52 inches of rain followed by Sunset Grille, 8.04 inches. In the Lower Keys, Indies Road on Ramrod Key registered 6.25 inches. 

As for wind, the National Weather Service reported the highest wind guests were at Sand Key Light, 59 mph, followed by Key West International Airport, 51 mph. 

The storm eventually became Tropical Storm Alex on Sunday morning after it drenched the Keys and South Florida. As of Monday afternoon, Alex was located 220 miles northeast of Bermuda. A tropical storm warning was discontinued for Bermuda.

Streets within the Twin Lakes subdivision in Key Largo are inundated with water. High waters from king tides and heavy storms have plagued the community located at MM 103. STEPHANIE RUSSO/Contributed

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).