Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, subtropical Storm Alberto was located near the western area of Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center.

There is a flood watch in effect for South Florida through Sunday as subtropical storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, moves slowly through the Caribbean Sea.

The expected impact on the Mississippi Coast has lessened, and the storm surge watch has been canceled for the three coastal counties.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week", the National Hurricane Center said.

Tropical Storm Warnings now issued for coasts of Alabama and Florida Panhandle
Tropical Storm Warnings now issued for coasts of Alabama and Florida Panhandle

Regardless of its path and intensity, Alberto expected to bring heavy rains of more than 10 inches and flash flooding to western Cuba and southern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

United States 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. By Saturday morning, the storm was gathering strength as it moved north.

Rainfall and wind extend far away from the center of the storm, one of the classic hallmarks of a subtropical storm.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds.

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"Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are possible".

Alberto is now predicted to make landfall near the Alabama-Florida line sometime Monday afternoon/evening as a strong tropical storm with winds of 65 miles per hour.

While Alberto will remain well to our south and west, it will help to propel areas of very heavy rain into the region from time to time starting late Sunday and lasting into Tuesday.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was roiling parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and unsafe surf on Saturday. The forecast from the Weather Prediction Center still estimates up to 4 inches or more of rain could fall in Volusia County, where a flood watch is in effect. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

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Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. He said Alberto was likely to slow down as it meets land in Florida and Alabama, but heavy tropical showers are expected all across Florida.

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible across the Florida peninsula today. Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or Tuesday.

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