Governor issues state of emergency for subtropical Storm Alberto

31 May, 2018, 18:00 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • While the Southeast deals with Alberto it will be hot in the central U.S. on Sunday and Monday

The US states of Alabama, Florida and MS have declared an emergency ahead of subtropical storm Alberto expected to make landfall on Monday, authorities said.

An EOSDIS satellite's view of subtropical storm Alberto to the south west of the Florida seen in a handout photo made available by Nasa Worldview, on May 27, 2018, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Flooding was possible in Florida's Miami-Dade and Monroe counties after weeks of rain, with tornadoes possible Saturday and Sunday and rip currents expected on both coasts, forecasters said.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said Alberto's biggest threat would be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

Much of the storm's most-intense showers stayed far offshore to the east, in the Atlantic Ocean, or south of Central Florida while the storm's center moved northward in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center projects 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated amounts up to a foot into the Florida Panhandle and much of Alabama and western Georgia.


Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast Tuesday, meteorologists said.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night.

Alberto has 30 miles per hour sustained winds and the center is forecast to track north today and be located just to the west of Huntsville by 1PM.

Our weather today will have periods of rain, some will be heavy at times. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

Some areas on Gulf Coast barrier islands remained under evacuation orders as authorities weighed the flood risks, officials said.

It is forecast to drop as much as 30cm (12in) of rain across MS to western Georgia and to bring storm swells of about 60-120cm (2-4ft) to low-lying areas. But this past month saw four days that each had close to an inch of rain, Krein said.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski stressed that the subtropical storm classification is only in reference to the fact that Alberto is not considered a pure tropical system.

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