(NEW YORK) -- South Florida is bracing for a potential tropical storm as the Atlantic hurricane season gets underway.
There's an 80% chance for development into a tropical depression or tropical storm by Friday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.
If this system becomes a tropical storm, its name will be Alex.
Many computer models show the system moving toward Florida by Friday night into Saturday.
Heavy rain -- up to 7 inches in some areas -- is expected in South Florida this weekend. Flash flooding is also possible.
These are the names up for use this hurricane season:
June 1st the official start of Hurricane Season! Here are the names that will be used this year. Make sure you have your plan ready for the season ahead! https://t.co/GDTjP883t9— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) June 1, 2022
We will keep you up to date with the latest at https://t.co/z3umbbAogc and on social media #flwx pic.twitter.com/C8JyRyzlfX
This comes days after Hurricane Agatha slammed Mexico, killing at least 11 people and causing massive flooding.