Alberto: Tropical storm sees thousands from Florida coast

Cristina Cross
May 31, 2018

Several states, including Florida, Alabama, and MS went into pre-emptive states of emergency on Sunday, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Alabama-Florida border.

At its height, Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, blasted sustained winds of 105km/h.

Storm surge in Florida could cause water to rise as high as three feet from the Aucilla River to Mexico Beach, they said.

"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring".

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.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a statement.

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Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night. Winds will stay sustained from the southeast at 10-20 miles per hour. "Overnight Sunday night and into Monday, we should start to see a lot more widespread heavy rainfall associated with that storm system". The area remained under a flood watch that was set to expire at 7 a.m. today.

"The main thing we would advise people is to not pay too much attention to the maximum winds", Zelinsky said.

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season made landfall Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida - just west of Panama City Beach and almost 300 miles west of Jacksonville.

Weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours.

"Alberto", which was actually 10 miles per hour too slow to be considered a hurricane, was well on its way Monday to blasting the southeastern corner of the U.S. The eye of the storm was less than 30 miles south-southwest from Panama City, Florida. "It was a constant rain but not a heavy rain", said Regina Myers, emergency management director in Walker County northwest of Birmingham. Floridians on the west coast of the panhandle have been ordered to evacuate, with thousands taking heed and moving out of the way of the storm. There is a heightened mudslide/rockslide threat in the mountains of western NC, as excessive rain has been the story over the last 7 to 10 days.

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