Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Showers and thunderstorms continue as Alberto approaches for Memorial Day

Showers and thunderstorms continue as Alberto approaches for Memorial Day

A tropical storm watch has been declared for the state's panhandle west of Gulf County, and a storm surge watch has also been declared for the panhandle west of Dixie County.

He said in a tweet he made the declaration "to ensure our state has the resources they need to keep their families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding Subtropical Storm Alberto will bring".

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. The storm is about 95 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Even before Alberto arrives, local thunderstorms are possible, with the potential for heavy rain.

Since Alberto is a lopsided storm, the most notable impacts will be to east of the center of circulation.

The center of the storm is expected to be move close to the western tip of Cuba on Saturday afternoon, then track up the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the night through Monday.


Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the western end of the Caribbean. A flash flood watch has been extended into Tuesday in case Alberto brings heavy rains our way Monday and Tuesday.

The storm is loose and disorganized on Saturday morning.

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. This includes the western Florida Panhandle, the Alabama and MS coastline and metro New Orleans. 1-2 total inches of rain are possible through these days, which can add to the high totals we've seen over the last week and a half. The highest winds are also now away from the center.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued their 11:00 a.m. advisory on Subtropical Storm Alberto.

There is a good possibility that we could see a strong tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

DeCarlo said Saturday night that the timing of the surge would have to be in sync with the high tide to reach the 4 feet.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys. The same goes for Memorial Day; however, at no point through at least Monday does it look like we will have all-day, plan-cancelling rain and storms.

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