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

Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm Alberto

Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm Alberto

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - has formed in the Caribbean and is churning towards the US Gulf Coast. This means that tropical storm conditions (winds of 40 miles per hour sustained) are possible.

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. Strong onshore winds may bring higher than normal water levels along the coast which could create coastal flooding.

Isolated Tornadoes are also possible with some of the stronger storms today across NCFL.

Due to the higher humidity, and some moisture being drawn up from Alberto, any storm that does develop will produce heavy, localized rainfall. Much of the Southeast should expect 2 to 4 inches of rain over the next couple of days.

Combined with the above average rainfall we've already seen so far this spring, additional rain could create flooding issues in the upcoming week along area rivers.

Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm Alberto

Hazardous storm surge warnings were in effect for portions of the Eastern Gulf Coast, including areas Alberto was not expected to pass directly through, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Mr Burke said: "This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle".

Alabama and MS have activated their National Guards in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is expected to make Landfall in Florida on Monday.

However, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Sunday urged residents to "stay prepared and informed" about any weather changes that could impact New Orleans. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.

Alberto is expected to hold its current strength. but very little additional strengthening is likely before coming ashore across the U.S. east central Gulf coast.

A flash flood watch will be in effect for Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas starting Sunday night into Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington, North Carolina. This will take place as Alberto nears landfall between the Alabama and Western Florida panhandle coasts. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.

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