Forecast: Alberto leaves clouds, rain in its wake for Tampa Bay

Cristina Cross
May 28, 2018

Fortunately for our friends in the Florida Panhandle, dry air has wrapped into the center of Alberto, which will likely make it hard for the storm to get too much stronger before the center comes ashore between Pensacola and Panama City Monday afternoon.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center released graphics showing the Wiregrass area is at a moderate risk for flash flooding.

Our weather today will have periods of rain, some will be heavy at times. With the shift, the Wiregrass can expect some strong winds to accompany the already forecasted heavy rains beginning early Monday.

"Western Florida and the Gulf Coast of Florida will be in line for some possible tropical storm conditions over the next couple days", said Moss.

The area is under a tropical storm warning, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected in the next 24 hours.

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

However, if the atmosphere can warm even a little in that slightly drier air, then extra showers and thunderstorms will fill that in. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf
Alberto Nearing Hurricane Strength

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued declared that a state of emergency for 40 counties to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1 - is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

As Alberto churns up toward the Gulf Coast on Sunday night, "an increasing tropical plume of moisture will stream into the Coastal Carolinas", said Rachel Gross-Zouzias in a special weather briefing.

Along the Gulf Coast and Big Bend, some mandatory and some voluntary evacuations were underway Sunday after a forecast for a 2- to 4-foot storm surge. A Flood Watch continues for much of the holiday weekend. According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast, the NHC said.

"People have drowned by going out to the water too soon", he said.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

"The Memorial Day holiday won't be too bad".

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