Subtropical Storm Alberto within 50 miles of Florida

29 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Tara Reeves
  • Tommy Whitlock left places a filled sand bag onto his trailer at a Harrison County Road Department sand bag location as Joseph Buckner adjusts the load while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico (Credit AP

Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. "Today, I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need", Scott said.

Rain chances will remain intact through Memorial Day as some outer bands from Alberto could stream in through the region. Alberto is expected to drag more moisture from the south over Florida, Austin said, bringing afternoon showers with possible thunderstorms.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Suwannee River to Navarre Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Suwannee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continues to churn north through the Gulf of Mexico.

About 130 to 250 millimetres of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

Anyone planning to head out to a parade, memorial service or ceremony in Central New York likely won't have to worry about bringing an umbrella since there's less than a 20 percent chance of showers all morning.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 85kms/h and was moving north at 13kms/h. Low around 71. Breezy, with a north wind 15 to 20 miles per hour becoming southwest after midnight.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said that as of 11 a.m., the storm was about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southwest of Tampa.

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NOAA does not expect 2018 to be quite as busy, but it could still wreak havoc on human life and infrastructure. In 1928, the Okeechobee Hurricane caused the death of at least 2,500 people.

The weather kept most people off the beach Sunday, but two people were rescued from the rough water, reported Captain Tammy Malphurs with Volusia Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue. According to the paper, politicians at the time downplayed the storm's severity to keep tourists flocking to Florida as a vacation spot. Over the few days, localized flash flooding from heavy rain is the main threat across the Southeastern U.S.

In Taylor County, there were voluntary evacuations for those in coastal zones and beach communities, mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas.

Florida, Alabama and MS declare states of emergency; Jonathan Serrie reports from Florida.

States of emergency were declared in Florida, Alabama and MS on Saturday as upwards of 15 inches of rain is forecast for the national Memorial Day weekend holiday. Some locations could see 10 -15 inches, threatening severe flash and river flooding. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall in the Triangle by Tuesday morning, according to the weather service, with Johnston County and places south and east getting up to 3 inches.

"All Alabamians should take time to be prepared for the potential of significant flooding".

"From an economic standpoint most of the damage is already done, probably $600 or $700 million worth of lost economic activity due to rain, warnings and preparations", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.


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