Subtropical Storm Alberto brings rain, wind

Blanche Robertson
May 27, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto accelerated slightly as it moved north off of Cuba and toward the Gulf of Gulf of Mexico on Saturday (May 26), bringing heavy rains to the island and also threatening flash flooding over parts of south Florida.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to the coastal states by Monday. Authorities suggested the alerts could be upgraded to warnings later Saturday.

Ivey has directed the State Emergency Operations Center in Clanton has been activated since Friday in preparation for Alberto and The Alabama National Guard has activated its High-Water Evacuation Teams to support Divisions A and B, in the coastal and southeastern portion of the state. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

Alberto is classified as a subtropical storm, though it could develop into a more traditional tropical system by the time it makes landfall Sunday night or Monday.

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

A subtropical storm, as opposed to a tropical storm or hurricane, is classified as having a cooler center than a tropical storms with its strongest winds away from the center.

The next advisory will be released at 4 p.m. Moderate to major flooding is possible along area rivers and creeks, and widespread flash flooding is possible.

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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.

A storm surge watch is in effect along the US gulf coast, from Crystal River to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The good news is Alberto is going to be a very small storm with the heaviest rains and winds located only 30-50 miles on either side of the center of the storm. Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, even though it doesn't officially start until next week.

The Storm Surge Watch has been extended eastward to Crystal River, Florida. The weather had scared off the usual crowds expected for the holiday weekend.

Weather officials are expecting flooding and rainfall in some locations that may be two to three times the usual expected rainfall for May.

Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

Hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, but that doesn't mean we won't see some action Saturday or Sunday.

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