Florida/Mississippi/Alabama Brace For Subtropical Storm Alberto With States Of Emergency

27 May, 2018, 13:45 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Gulfport Miss. residents shovel sand into bags at a Harrison County Road Department sand bagging location while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf of Mexic

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. The arrival of tropical force winds are expected to come Monday, according to the forecasters, and will have the greatest effect within 10 miles of the coast.

On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is expected to move near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon. Warnings for wind and storm surge have been issued for that area. The minimum pressure is 1006 mb.

Alberto may become a more purely tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

The forecast for Central Florida, including Volusia and Flagler counties, changed little on Saturday, although less rainfall had occurred than originally anticipated.

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of USA natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration.

A hurricane hunter aircraft is scheduled to fly through the system Friday to provide more information on the structure, according to the National Hurricane Center. Subtropical storms typically have cooler temperatures near the center, and the area of strongest winds and storms are well removed from the center of circulation.

The Weather Channel adds that Alberto's thunderstorms are now blowing off well to the east from upper-level westerly winds.

Eddy Warner loads sand bags as he waits for family members to assist and tie off and load the bags into his vehicle while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf
Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency across Florida over fears of subtropical storm Alberto

For those who are planning on staying home in north Alabama and southern Tennessee, we anticipate scattered showers and thunderstorms for Sunday and Monday - though these storms will not be associated with Alberto. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

After landfall, Alberto is forecast to slowly lift northward and weaken across the Deep South into early next week.

"All it says is that activity in the Atlantic starts early as far as hurricanes or tropical cyclones are concerned", Descartes told St Lucia Times.

Alberto is anticipated to be a large system. A storm surge watch was also issued for parts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Tropical storm warnings and storm-surge watches are now focused on the Gulf coast from MS to Florida, as Alberto's path becomes clearer.

Rainfall totals will be highest in Florida and eastern Louisiana.

Areas that typically flood easily will have the potential to do so next week. The Weather Service office in Jacksonville said the disturbed weather could create an elevated risk of rip currents at the beach.

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