Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
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Alberto to soak Florida, puts wet blanket on Memorial Day weekend

Alberto to soak Florida, puts wet blanket on Memorial Day weekend

As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, subtropical Storm Alberto was located near the western area of Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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 continues moving slowly through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to bring heavy rainfall, storm surges, high winds and flash floods to the U.S. Gulf Coast this holiday weekend. About 5 to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

The flood watch is issued for portions of northeast SC and southeast North Carolina, including Horry and Georgetown counties and neighboring areas, according to the NWS. It's expected to gradually strengthen over the next three days. This storm is Alberto, but it's being referred to as a subtropical storm.

On Friday morning, the agency announced that an area of low pressure in the Caribbean had developed into Subtropical Storm Alberto with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. General rainfall totals on the order of 2-4 inches are possible, with heavier amounts under the stronger rainbands.

A shift to the east in Alberto's forecast path has the storm making landfall in the Florida panhandle on Monday afternoon.

The county is also under a flood watch for flooding in general low-lying areas due to heavy rainfall.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the entire Gulf Coast.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is a little better organized this morning and winds are at 45 miles per hour. Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or Tuesday. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said: "Whether you're a resident of this state or just visiting, you need to stay updated on this evolving tropical system".

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Boca Grande to Anclote River. Tampa Bay is under a slight risk of severe weather today, a few tornadoes are possible along with tropical downpours.

For our area, Alberto has the potential to be a fairly significant rain event with the possibility of 4 to 6 inches of rain, while the northern Gulf Coast, from the Apalachicola area to New Orleans, is under a Tropical Storm Watch.

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