Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Alberto slows, shifts west on path toward Gulf Coast

Alberto is likely to make landfall Monday between New Orleans and Destin Florida before moving into Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday Alberto is likely to make landfall Monday between New Orleans and Destin Florida before moving into Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday
Velma Reese | 28 May, 2018, 20:43

Forecasters cautioned that heavy rain and tropical storm conditions could reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of Alberto making landfall.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Subtropical storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, is bringing heavy rain Monday to the U.S. Gulf Coast as well as western Cuba.

Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened as it neared landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Monday, a day after flooding from another storm tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a would-be rescuer, officials said.

Alberto is forecast to make landfall this afternoon near Panama City Beach, Florida.

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until Friday.

The National Weather Service's Miami office extended its flood watch in South Florida to 6 p.m. Monday as a result of the storm.

Memorial Day weekend forecast
The forecast calls for sunny skies and 87 degrees for Memorial Day with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. The cloud cover will be thicker Tuesday and there is even the chance for an isolated shower in the afternoon.

Governors in Alabama and MS also declared states of emergency on Saturday.

We're keeping a close eye on Alberto as it continues to churn in the Gulf of Mexico.

At 11 a.m. ET Sunday, the National Hurricane Centre said Alberto was about 210 kilometres west-southwest of Tampa, Fla., and moving north at 22 km/h. Area residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast were under a number of weather advisories, as Subtropical Storm Alberto slowly makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.

Flood and flash-flood watches are spread across Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, where 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) of rain could fall through early next week and reach into South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee expected to be hit by Alberto's remnants, the National Weather Service said.

"Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted - everyone in our state must be prepared", Scott said in a statement. Over the few days, localized flash flooding from heavy rain is the main threat across the Southeastern U.S. Knabb advised staying off the roads during the storm and avoiding water covered roads completely.

Alberto comes after a series of deadly hurricanes in the United States and Caribbean previous year that walloped places including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures. Locally heavy rain can be expected throughout Memorial Day. With that said, water rise should be relatively minimal and really will be from Crystal River northward along the Florida coast toward the Panhandle.

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