Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm Alberto

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency across Florida over fears of subtropical storm Alberto
Velma Reese | 27 May, 2018, 09:00

Gov. Rick Scott has also declared a state of emergency ahead of inclement weather.

Alberto's movement was expected to accelerate Saturday night.

Sunday will be a transition day with not as many storms. Heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and continue into early next week.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 85 miles south/southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Instead Alberto could be a stronger tropical storm near the time of landfall with sustained winds up to 60 miles per hour. The storm now remains a weak tropical storm bringing heavy rain over western Cuba.

As of this morning, the storm is not any stronger.

"This system will bring excessive rainfall to the watch area beginning Saturday evening and continuing through Tuesday evening". The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

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Western Cuba could see rainfall totals of over 2 feet with Alberto, which could cause life threatening flash flooding and mudslides. The service warns of a high risk of rip currents for beaches along the Florida coast. The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is now Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The flood watch runs to 8 p.m. Sunday, during the period when Alberto is expected to pass closest to South Florida on its course toward the northern Gulf coast.

DeCarlo said Saturday night that the timing of the surge would have to be in sync with the high tide to reach the 4 feet. Warnings for wind and storm surge have been issued for that area.

There will be an increase in showers and thunderstorms in southern Florida, especially the Florida Keys today. After peaking as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds, Alex hit the Azores as a tropical storm with 65 miles per hour winds on January 15.

A 90 percent chance of rain is forecast for Sunday with up to 1 inch of rain expected to fall throughout the day.

Along the coast three to six inches of rain are expected. River flooding is possible, along with coastal flooding and inland rainwater flooding.

By the following day, the storm was gathering strength as it moved north. "The most severe weather is on the eastern bands".

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