Subtropical Storm Alberto spins more rain into Florida

28 May, 2018, 17:14 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

These remnants will bring tropical rains and possible flooding to some areas, so we will have to keep a close eye on that threat and where it lines up. Meanwhile, evacuations are already underway at T. H Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and officials have issued voluntary evacuations for parts of Taylor County.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida. According to the National Weather Service, some areas along Florida's west coast were forecast to get as much as 1-4 inches of rain. Subtropical Storm Alberto is driving north through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening heavy rains and winds to the USA southern coastal states. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says, there's still a risk for swimmers.

A gradual strengthening is expected through the weekend as it moves north. Alberto is forecast to make landfall between Panama City and Destin, Florida early Monday morning as a strong tropical storm. Sea turtle nest monitors with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium return in the rain from north end of Clearwater Beach as rain falls on the beach early Sunday morning 5/27/2018 as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest. This is almost 60 miles east and about six hours sooner than the forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center one day ago, but well within the margin for error two days out.

The National Weather Service (NWS) said Sunday that tropical storm warnings cover the entire Florida Gulf Coast and inland portions of the Florida Panhandle as well as parts of coastal Alabama.

In this Saturday, May 26, 2018, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Hannibal and Emily Baldwin pose for a wedding photo under an umbrella outside the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Fla.

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The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. "Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida", it said.

On Sunday morning, the storm was located about 240 kilometres northwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 113 kilometres west of Key West, Florida, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm had top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

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

More than 5,000 were evacuated in Cuba over the raging subtropical storm Alberto, Sputnik reports.Some 3,000 people were evacuated in the central province of Sancti Spiritus because of the flooding threat, also near the Zaza Reservoir, which is overflowed because of the heavy rainfall, the EFE news agency reported.Meanwhile, about 2,000 people were reportedly evacuated in the province of Villa Clara.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday with up to 15 inches (38 cm) of rain forecast over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Centre in College Park, Maryland.

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