Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

Воскресенье, 27 Мая, 2018

The storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 miles per hour and a turn toward the north is expected later this morning, and a motion toward the north-northwest is forecast tonight through Monday night.

Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington and Wilcox.

On the current track most of the heavy rain and flooding will stay east of our viewing area.

Generally wet and unsettled pattern continues through Thursday with southerly flow becoming more southwesterly and allowing the Gulf coast sea breeze to dominate.

Ivey's said residents should be "prepared for the potential of significant flooding". As with any tropical weather event, being prepared is of utmost importance.

The current forecast track calls for the center of Alberto to come ashore on the Florida panhandle near the Alabama state line. Both Divisions, A and B, will activate Sunday morning.

"There is still uncertainty of where landfall will occur, which will likely be late Monday or early Tuesday morning", Director of Alabama Emergency Management Agency Brian E. Hastings said.

Regardless of where it makes landfall the same threats remain.

Alberto wind speed probabilities. Eastern Saturday, May 26 this is the projected path of Subtropical storm alberto.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico
Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

All 67 Florida counties were issued the emergency notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. The last time a tropical cyclone was named Alberto was in 2012; it also formed before the season began, on May 19. Tropical Storm force conditions may start Sunday afternoon.

If the storm moves to the west, the New Orleans area could see rainfall totals closer to what is now expected along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which likely will be hit with 6 inches to 10 inches of rain over the course of the storm, with some areas possibly seeing twice that amount.

Alberto watches and warnings.

At 8 a.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was centered about 70 miles (115 kilometers) south of the western tip of Cuba and moving north at 9 mph (15 kph).

A general slow motion toward the north is expected through the weekend, followed by a northwest turn by Monday.

Additionally, some of the strong tropical thunderstorms east of the center of circulation could spawn brief tornadoes.

"Swells from Alberto will create risky surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said.

The hurricane center said up to 12 inches of rain was possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida. An additional 1-4 inches of rain will be possible, which could result in minor flooding.