Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers toward Florida

Saul Bowman
May 29, 2018

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.

The storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

Alberto will steadily weaken once it travels inland. But forecasters said it will dump heavy rain on parts of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama and Georgia, raising the risk of flash flooding.

The mayor of Orange Beach, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, said Alberto brought rain and aggravation - and dashed hopes for record crowds.

Alberto is slated to hit land just west of Panama City, Fla. - which is predicted to get more than 6.5 inches of rain through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service's office in Tallahassee.

A storm surge watch remained in effect for much of Northern Florida, from the Suwannee to Navarre in the Panhandle.

US National Hurricane Center (NHC) and state officials requested residents monitor the storm, and make preparations.


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

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading are banned due to high surf and unsafe conditions.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - has formed in the Caribbean and is churning towards the US Gulf Coast.

It's also worth pointing out that extremely heavy rain continues to fall over Cuba from a trailing moisture plume ... this is the fifth consecutive day.

The NHC defines subtropical storm as a "subtropical cyclone" in which the maximum sustained wind speed - using the USA one-minute average - is 39 miles per hour or higher.

Strong storms possible Thursday and Friday: As Alberto moves away, a different type of summertime weather pattern kicks in; that could deliver some intense summertime storms on Thursday and Friday.

Alberto could come ashore early Monday, said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Pennsylvania. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

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