Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Subtropical storm Alberto lumbering north toward US Gulf Coast

Subtropical Storm Alberto Image By NOAACruise Lines Monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto in Gulf of Mexico By Emrys Thakkar
Guillermo Lane | 28 May, 2018, 07:07

Alberto is expected to cause heavy rains in South Florida and the Florida Keys while a tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and the NHC says it is moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

The storm is the first named cyclone of 2017, which started to form days before the official start of the hurricane season.

The center also has discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula.

Mandatory evacuations are being ordered for small barrier islands in one Florida county ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto, and voluntary evacuations are issued for another county.

It also maintains a storm surge watch along the US Gulf coast from Crystal River in western Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama border. Outside of storm chances, look for very warm and muggy highs in the mid-upper 80's. People are cautioned not to swim or play in the Gulf because the storm will kick up risky rip currents.

Alberto comes after a series of deadly hurricanes in the United States and Caribbean a year ago 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.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the entire WLRN listening area through Monday.

Rain chances are expected be high for the rest of the week with some improvement by next weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto
Image By NOAA

Alberto's tail of moisture will still be near or over South Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday so more thunderstorms are expected, though the moisture levels in the atmosphere will begin dropping. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers.

Steamy temps and scattered storms continue to dominate our Memorial Day weekend weather.

The Taylor County Board of County Commissioners signed a local state of emergency Sunday morning for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Winds along the coast are forecast to be around 40 to 50 miles per hour. Some severe storms may be possible Tuesday, with Alberto's remnants making the closest approach from the west at that time. The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for.

As of Saturday night, Alberto was approximately 95 miles north of Cuba, moving slowly toward the Gulf Coast at 13 miles per hour.

While the heavy rains could produce flooding, widespread flooding does not appear likely, but we are expecting 2-4 inches of rain areawide with areas of East Alabama possibly seeing up to six inches with possibly higher totals in isolated areas.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties, starting at 6 a.m. Sunday.

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