Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Alberto storm 2018: mass evacuations ordered as millions brace for horror cyclone

Alberto storm 2018: mass evacuations ordered as millions brace for horror cyclone

The storm was about 165km south of Apalachicola, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 8pm EDT and was expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Memorial Day activities shouldn't be hampered by rain today but as the week moves on, moisture from a southern tropical storm is planned to hit the area by the weekend.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency notice for all of the state's 67 counties.

One to 2 inches of rain is expected through Tuesday, with some areas receiving up to 3 to 4 inches of rain.

"I'm doing this because every time we have a hard rain, it floods at my house", resident Tommy Whitlock told the Associated Press.

"Swells from Alberto will create risky surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel. But subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which can later strengthen into hurricanes.

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties that will go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from her office. With a subtropical storm, the strongest winds and thunderstorms are located far away from the center, even though they may be just as strong as those found in a tropical storm.

As we head into the middle parts of this week, remnants of subtropical storm Alberto will impact our area.

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Cuba on Saturday.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

"The main concern from Alberto is flooding; not so much along the immediate coast, but inland, from the heavy rains that are coming on top of over a week of rain across the southeast", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. "Tropical and subtropical storms are still life-threatening, especially due to water, but water-related deaths are preventable".

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until Friday. The rain could lead to flash floods and mudslides on the island.

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