Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could reach Upstate NY this week

Cristina Cross
May 28, 2018

Alberto disrupted long Memorial Day holiday weekend plans along from Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle to Miami Beach and other areas along the northern Gulf Coast, forced beachgoers out of the the water and prompted evacuations of low-lying areas.

Florida, Mississippi and Alabama have all declared states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto bears down.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency on Saturday for all 67 counties in his state.

Temperatures then will sink from the mid-80s on Tuesday to the low-70s, with possible rain showers near the end of Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service in State College, Alberto is expected to track nearly due north, arriving in MI by mid- to late-week.

"With the ground already saturated in many parts of the state, we are urging people to be prepared for possible flash flooding, hazardous road conditions and river flooding", he said.

Alberto remains miles west of Jacksonville but it dumped about a 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches of rain on the region Sunday, said Andrew Kennedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county.

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Alberto formed days ahead of the official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season on June 1. For a depiction of areas at risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and the NHC says it is moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

In Gulf Shores, Alabama, webcams showed beaches starting to fill up as the storm's track shifted slightly east away from the region, but red flags on the beach warned beachgoers to stay out of the rough water.

With Alberto nearing the Florida Panhandle Monday, we will still be on the wet side of the system and our rain chances will remain elevated.

Tropical Storm warnings have has been posted for parts of the northern Gulf Coast and some coastal waters along the western side of FL.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Despite Alberto's distance from us, its vast circulation will continue to stream in gusty southerly winds through Memorial Day Monday, along with occasional showers and thunderstorms.

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