Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

Phil Bryant said Saturday that he also signed a proclamation declaring an emergency in his state.

At 4 p.m. Saturday the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto northwest of Cuba moving toward the north near 13 miles per hour.

Even before Alberto arrives, local thunderstorms are possible, with the potential for heavy rain.

Each list has 21 names, leaving out Q, U, X, Y and Z. If there are more than 21 named storms, the rest will be indicated by Greek letters. Heavy rainfall is expected to affect western Cuba, much of the Florida peninsula and the northeastern gulf coast through the weekend.

A tropical storm warning has been issued as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves toward a landfall on the upper Gulf Coast.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Alberto to be a Tropical Storm when it makes landfall either late Sunday evening or early Monday morning (winds between 39-74 mph).

Rain chances for South Florida are now at 80 percent Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. 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. A flash flood watch has been posted for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and large areas of Florida. Locally HIGHER amounts are possible. "Areas along the coast could see up to 18" of rainfall as for us we could see totals anywhere from 5-8".

A storm surge watch has been issued for coastal Citrus County.

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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.

A tropical storm watch is in effect from Louisiana to the Panhandle of Florida. As a result, Memorial Day will be very wet.

Forecasters say a tropical weather system moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is strengthening.

An isolated tornado could be possible in the outer bands of the storm and weather and emergency management officials are urging people to pay close attention to the weather over the weekend.

Alberto is expected to come ashore late Sunday and early Monday along the Gulf Coast, with heavy rain being the primary threat.

Fast upper-level winds are causing most of the moisture and cloud development on the eastern side of the circulation, interfering intensification efforts.

Alberto's remnant circulation moves north into Central Alabama by Wednesday; that should bring our best coverage of showers and storms (and raise a small severe weather concern).

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