Gulf Coast braces for Subtropical Storm Alberto

Gulf Coast braces for Subtropical Storm Alberto

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.

Of those, the NOAA is forecasting that five to nine of the storms will form into hurricanes with winds of 74 miles per hour or above. Forecasters at the National Weather Service told Newsweek that Alberto is expected to make landfall Monday night into Tuesday morning. Areas that see repeated storms may see over three inches of rain by late Monday.

Forecasters said Alberto has most recently taken a north-northwest track that would bring it over the northern Gulf of Mexico during the night and make landfall on or in the vicinity of the Florida Panhandle on Monday. 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.

USA forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Into Memorial Day Monday, you can expect a good chance of rain with isolated thunderstorms.

On its current forecast track, Alberto is expected to continue its slow journey north until making a turn to the northwest Monday as it approaches the north-central Gulf coast, the hurricane center said. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned because of high surf and unsafe conditions. The Tampa Bay is not longer under a storm surge watch at the moment, but that could, of course, change.

They expected parts of the US states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to receive 10-20 centimeters of rain through Tuesday, with areas in Cuba getting slightly higher amounts along with the threat of flash floods and mudslides.

Florida and MS are under states of emergency ahead Subtropical Storm Alberto hitting the Golf Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for an area stretching from MS to North Carolina that is home to millions of people.

Due to the higher humidity, and some moisture being drawn up from Alberto, any storm that does develop will produce heavy, localized rainfall.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 and goes through to November 30, 2018.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018 which spun up days before the formal start of the 2018 hurricane season, is expected to intensify and bring wind speeds of up to 65 miles per hour (40 kph) to the Gulf Coast when it approaches over the holiday on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Warnings for wind and storm surge have been issued for that area.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. There's always a low-end risk of severe storms or a quick spin-up tornado on the left (eastern) side of tropical systems, which will be the case for eastern Alabama.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean this year's hurricane season will be as busy as last year's though. Parts of Cuba could see 10 to 15 inches of rain, with isolated totals of 25 inches across western Cuba, the hurricane center said.

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