Alberto's track shifts east and forecast changes for Mississippi Coast

May 28, 2018, 00:18
Alberto's track shifts east and forecast changes for Mississippi Coast

Tropical storm force winds ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto are expected to make landfall Sunday night and the storm is pushing a good deal of wind and rain out out toward the Lowcountry, too.

The hurricane centre said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

The Storm Surge Watch has been extended eastward to Crystal River, Florida.

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north
Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency across Florida over fears of subtropical storm Alberto

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued to shift farther east Saturday, closer to the Florida peninsula and Southwest Florida, prompting forecasters to post a tropical storm warning for Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties, as well as Lee and Hillsborough.

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

Because of the predicted landfall area, Lee County and surrounding areas could potentially experience "tropical weak tornadoes", Allen said, because of the county's location in relation to the storm.

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A Tropical Storm Warning covers the coasts and bays of coastal Alabama and the Florida panhandle. The Florida Keys could see as much as 10 inches of rain, the hurricane center said. "A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area", the hurricane center explained. Rainfall totals are forecast to reach 2 to 4 inches across most of the region with isolated amounts of 5 to 6 inches.

Alberto is now predicted to make landfall near the Alabama-Florida line sometime Monday afternoon/evening as a strong tropical storm with winds of 65 miles per hour.

The county is also under a flood watch for flooding in general low-lying areas due to heavy rainfall. The 40 mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the center of the storm, the Hurricane Center said. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

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"Right now, we've been pumping 24/7 since last Sunday", said South Florida Water Management District employee Carl Olsen.

Heavy rain is expected to affected western Cuba, Florida and the northeastern Gulf coast throughout the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said. In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core. Only a half-inch or less of rain is expected for Monday and the chance of rain will decrease from 70 percent to 40 percent as the day turns into evening.

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