Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto is getting stronger as it nears land. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement. The season is likely to be "near or above normal", according to the hurricane center. Tropical downpours will move northward into NCFL starting on Sunday.

Alberto may strengthen slightly in the next several hours, but it looks like it has run out of time to transition to a fully tropical storm before it makes landfall around noon Monday on the Florida panhandle. If the storm holds to the predictions, coastal Alabama and MS parts of the News 5 area only get moderate or small rain, wind and surge impact.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf
Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Regardless of its path and intensity, Alberto expected to bring heavy rains of more than 10 inches and flash flooding to western Cuba and southern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas.

The forecast track of Subtropical Storm Alberto has shifted farther east, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday night.

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A tornado "or two" may occur over the Florida Keys and parts of southwestern Florida later Saturday afternoon or evening. "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds. The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued.

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The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday, bringing with it deadly rip currents.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

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The first rain bands of the subtropical storm have made it inland.

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