Subtropical Storm Alberto brings rain, wind gusts to Northeast Florida

Cristina Cross
May 28, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts June 1 - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Alberto is expected to make landfall Monday in the Florida Panhandle.

A tornado threat exists in the front-right quadrants of the storm, which today is northern Florida and most of Georgia and SC.

All 67 Florida counties were issued the emergency notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening.

Authorities in Howard County, Maryland, said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted. But the storm still poses a considerable threat to the Florida Panhandle as it is predicted to move ashore there on Monday.

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Forecasters say Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, has recently turned more north-northwestward with no change in strength as it lumbers toward the northern Gulf Coast.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.

The Florida Divided of Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation to residents in the Florida panhandle, which affects about 4,200 homes.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app.

"We're going to unplug everything that we can unplug, we're going to lift it up the best that we can and we're just going to let mother nature take its course", he said.

In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters.

Moore said the rainy weather late this month is expected to push the Columbia area past its average precipitation for May, typically one of the state's driest months.

Sustained winds will be around 10 to 20 miles per hour from the southeast today. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said. The season is likely to be "near or above normal", according to the hurricane center.

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