Storm Alberto showing 'TROPICAL characteristics' as it is expected to make LANDFALL

Rosemary Collier
May 28, 2018

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River.

This graphic, created by the NWS/NCEP Weather Prediction Center, shows rainfall potential for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The weather service posted a storm surge watch from Crystal River northward with 3 to 4 feet of surge possible Sunday - 5 to 6 feet at high tide.

Tropical moisture from Alberto will push toward North Carolina through the night.

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

You'll likely have to adjust those weekend grilling plans for this Memorial Day weekend: As Subtropical Storm Alberto makes its way north through the Gulf of Mexico, sloppy, wet and potentially risky conditions are expected through Monday.

Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

Although the east side of the storm isn't expected to reach Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties, the storm's outer bands are expected to bring the area heavy rain, gusts of more than 40 miles per hour, strong rip currents and the possibility of tornadoes, according to a briefing by the National Weather Service in Miami. Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday declared states of emergency.

On Sunday, gusty showers began lashing parts of Florida, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding.

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The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a news release Sunday that a mandatory evacuation has been issued in Franklin County for all barrier islands and for anyone living directly on the coastline, in mobile homes and in RV parks.

Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center expect the storm to make landfall sometime Monday with maximum sustained winds of about 100 kilometers per hour.

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated their homes as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico, as forecasters said it could bring "life-threatening inundation" to southern coastal states.

The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches.

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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.

The rain brought to us by Subtropical Storm Alberto is not over, Monday afternoon showers and thunderstorms will redevelop across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The weather had scared off the usual crowds expected for the holiday weekend.

"We had a band of rain this morning but due to dry air wrapping in", Pickering said, "the rain engine" was shut down. Warnings for wind and storm surge have been issued for that area.

By midday on Sunday, the storm was about 240 miles (386 km) northwest of Key West, Florida, according to the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC). According to the paper, politicians at the time downplayed the storm's severity to keep tourists flocking to Florida as a vacation spot. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

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