Wind, forward speed picks up as Alberto becomes more tropical

Wind, forward speed picks up as Alberto becomes more tropical

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued their 11:00 a.m. advisory on Subtropical Storm Alberto.

On Sunday morning, storm Alberto was located around 70 miles west of Key West, Florida. From Crystal River to the Mississippi/Alabama border, the storm surge could be 2 to 4 feet.

Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, is barreling through the Caribbean Sea and threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the US Gulf Coast this Memorial Day Weekend. "It's still way too early to forecast the amount of rainfall this system will produce for the local area, but (we) will continue to monitor".

Despite its predicted strengthening, Alberto is not expected to become a hurricane.

As far as the potential damage tropical storms can bring, Alberto will be on the lower end of the scale. "The axis of heavy rain has shifted slightly east, with the Panhandle of Florida and Southern Alabama seeing 6" to up to a foot of rain.

The 40-mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles, mostly to the east of the center, which prompted the tropical storm warning for Manatee, Sarasota and the other coastal counties.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain as well as tidal surges and damaging winds. Northeastern Florida and Southeastern Georgia will remain dry Saturday, but by Sunday morning heavy bands of rains will arrive and are expected to last throughout the holiday weekend.

Tropical-storm force winds will be possible in western Cuba and in the Gulf coast area where warnings are posted.

Alberto is officially classed as a subtropical storm, which can develop into tropical storms and potentially hurricanes.

In a visit to Panama City Beach yesterday, Scott said, "We have already moved some high water vehicles up to the panhandle from Fish and Wildlife".

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Tampa Bay is under a slight risk of severe weather today, a few tornadoes are possible along with tropical downpours.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from the center.

The flood watch runs to 8 p.m. Sunday, during the period when Alberto is expected to pass closest to South Florida on its course toward the northern Gulf coast.

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