Alberto: Tropical storm sees thousands from Florida coast

Jo Lloyd
May 28, 2018

Alberto for most of its existence has been a lopsided storm, with most of its worst weather east of its center, which was located south of Apalachicola, Fla., on Sunday morning. The Florida Keys could see as much as 10 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.

As for potential impacts, with a more eastern track of the system, the heaviest rains will likely be seen in East Alabama with the strongest winds up to 35 miles per hour possible in West Alabama Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes on Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, with forecasters saying it could bring life-threatening inundation to Southern coastal states.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah said the main concern from the subtropical storm is flooding. Then, late Sunday the storm is expected to make a slight turn toward the northwest heading toward the western panhandle of Florida. Maximum winds were 50 miles per hour. gusting to 65 miles per hour.

Although Alberto is not expected to make landfall on the US Gulf Coast until 00:00 GMT on Tuesday, heavy rains are expected to start across the region today and continue for several days. Expect rounds of heavy rain through Tuesday with widespread rain totals of 2 to 3 inches expected with locally higher amounts possible.

According to Moss, Alberto could directly effect the Florida panhandle by early Tuesday, moving north through parts of Tennessee and Kentucky mid-week. With a tropical storm, the maximum winds and strongest thunderstorms sit close to the center of the storm.

As Alberto churns up toward the Gulf Coast on Sunday night, "an increasing tropical plume of moisture will stream into the Coastal Carolinas", said Rachel Gross-Zouzias in a special weather briefing.

Please be prepared for possible areas of flooding and loss of electricity. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency on Saturday for all 67 counties in his state.

It's not been an ideal holiday weekend so far for the state as both Saturday and Sunday have offered up scattered showers and thunderstorms.

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