A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday

Katie Ramirez
May 29, 2018

The National Hurricane Center track has shifted about 30 miles closer to the Gulf coast and Tropical Storm Warnings have been extended up the coast.

The first named storm of this season, Alberto is expected to strengthen as it moves up the Gulf this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing heavy rains and possible floods to Florida and much of the Southeast in the coming days.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said that as of 11 a.m., the storm was about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southwest of Tampa.

Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties on Saturday in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Authorities say conditions are especially risky with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans. Isolated tornadoes could erupt over the Florida Keys or southwestern Florida late Saturday. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas.

The new forecast track centers landfall in the Florida panhandle.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border all the way through to Bonita Beach, Florida. Tropical storm force winds can be expected across southern and western parts of Georgia, Alabama, and southern and western MS throughout the day on Monday (see Fig. 1). "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

Wind speed has not increased but there has been a burst of convection to the north and closer to the center of the storm. Water could reach up to 4 feet above ground in some areas if the peak surge occurs during high tide, the agency said on Facebook. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

No effects from Subtropical Storm Alberto are expected for southeast Louisiana. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted.

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