Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Flash flooding likely as Alberto brings heavy afternoon rain

Flash flooding likely as Alberto brings heavy afternoon rain

As Alberto's center heads inland - deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems - the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

On Tuesday, the storm fizzled into a subtropical depression as it rolled into Alabama but forecasters warned of potentially risky flash floods even as winds dropped to 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour).

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Centre said on Sunday.

"Even an inch or two of rain. could cause an issue", Martin said.

Unsettled weather will carry on through Friday before a nice breakthrough of sunshine just in time for the weekend. Some areas got more than four inches of rain in 24 hours and wind gusts of about 50 mph knocked down trees and created large waves.

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Alberto is expected to drop 2 to 6 inches of rain through Thursday across much of the Southeast, with 12 inches possible in isolated areas. Winds had decreased to 40 miles per hour and it was likely Alberto would be downgraded to a subtropical depression later in the evening.

The National Weather Service in Morristown (NWS) is tracking bands of possibly flood level rains to come Tuesday with the storm. Gusty winds have knocked out some power and there is local coastal flooding on the very storm surge-prone coast south of Tallahassee.

After Alberto reached 3.25 days as a named storm, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said that it is "the longest-lived Atlantic named storm forming in May since Alice in 1953".

"We got the flags out", Rice told the Northwest Florida Daily News as wind whipped a massive USA flag flying at half-staff.

"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. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?"

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The storm disrupted Memorial Day weekend from Pensacola in the Panhandle to Miami Beach on Florida's southeastern edge . Any additional dry air will continue to weaken rain near Alberto's center and rain bands associated with the storm.

Jason Powell said he was seeking to keep his children entertained until Alberto blows through his Florida Panhandle vacation spot.

The tropical influence continues Thursday with scattered showers and storms.

Alberto has had quite the circuitous route of a sub-tropical was quite hard defining the center (s) at the start.and then what steered the system wound up also being a hybrid forecast.

Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries. Its top sustained winds had dropped almost in half to about 35 miles per hour. "We'll hang out and see how it goes".

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