Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

The storm system passed Cuba on Saturday and has been moving slowly but surely toward the Florida panhandle at about 14 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center on Sunday.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida.

Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast were largely empty Sunday as a slowly intensifying storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approached.

The Florida Panhandle into eastern Alabama and western Georgia are forecast to see four to eight inches of rain Sunday, with isolated storm totals of 12 inches.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. Our weather Memorial Day and Tuesday will depend on the eventual track and strength of the storm.

Rainfall and wind extend far away from the center of the storm, one of the classic hallmarks of a subtropical storm.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

Alberto is expected to move northward, reaching the Florida panhandle by Monday afternoon, Zouzias said.

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The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Another 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected through Sunday in the Manatee-Sarasota area, though specific areas could receive much more.

Even though Alberto's track is slicing through the Gulf of Mexico toward the west Florida Panhandle, Alabama or MS, its effects will be felt east along the Florida Gulf Coast and Central Florida, DeCarlo said.

Alberto is still a very board low pressure system with the main area of circulation with the storm jumping around but is now centered just to the north of the western tip of Cuba. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

Alberto is the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which runs through the fall and often brings heavy storm damage to the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States. A tropical storm watch and flash flood watch remain in effect. He said Alberto was likely to slow down as it meets land in Florida and Alabama, but heavy tropical showers are expected all across Florida. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

"The day as a whole should feature a mix of clouds and sun", said Moss.

Isolated Tornadoes are also possible with some of the stronger storms today across NCFL.

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