Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Storm Alberto: State of EMERGENCY issued as huge storms smash into US

Storm Alberto: State of EMERGENCY issued as huge storms smash into US

"Alberto will make landfall as a subtropical storm", reported AccuWeather spokesman and hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.

Overnight, Subtropical Storm Alberto approaching the Florida panhandle slowed down to half its speed but didn't lose any of its strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's center is expected to move over Alabama on Monday night and Tuesday, the NHC said.

Anticipated to make landfall on Monday, Alberto is the first storm ahead of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which formally starts on 1 June.

As Alberto's centre heads inland it is being deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, causing it to weaken, forecasters said.

Several states, including Florida, Alabama, and MS went into pre-emptive states of emergency on Sunday, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Alabama-Florida border.

Through the week Alberto will quickly move to the north, but tropical moisture stays in the area through the end of the week.

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The center of what was once Alberto is moving over northwest Alabama. Isolated deluges of 12 inches were possible.

Alberto disrupted long Memorial Day holiday weekend plans along from Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle to Miami Beach and other areas along the northern Gulf Coast, forced beachgoers out of the the water and prompted evacuations of low-lying areas.

The National Weather Service in Morristown (NWS) is tracking bands of possibly flood level rains to come Tuesday with the storm.

Expect rain and wind to continue all day when Alberto strongest wind will be to the west of us by 7AM tomorrow near Montgomery.

"The main concern from Alberto is flooding; not so much along the immediate coast, but inland, from the heavy rains that are coming on top of over a week of rain across the southeast", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. A tropical storm warning remained in effect stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.

"My boyfriend and I usually try to go to the store and stock up on lots of bottled water, and get like canned goods and things that won't go bad if our power goes out", she said. Gusty showers were to begin lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding. Some of the showers and storms could become locally heavy.

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