Alberto bringing heavy rain to area this Memorial Day
May 31, 2018, 18:05
Alabama and MS have activated their National Guards in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is expected to make Landfall in Florida on Monday.
Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened slightly as it neared Florida's Panhandle, where it should come ashore Monday to spread heavy rains across the southern USA, potentially causing more than $1 billion in economic losses.
A torrential storm with winds at 65 miles per hour was expected to hit the coast of Florida some time on Memorial Day -and it's not even hurricane season yet.
Alberto's high winds also led to concerns over the threat of storm surge and risky rip currents from the coasts of Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.
Forecasters said Alberto could bring risky high water to southern coastal states when it douses an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 30cm of rain and possible tornadoes. Stronger storms come in the afternoon, including a low tornado threat.
"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".
Subtropical Storm Alberto has made landfall, bringing with it a path of destruction.
The Florida Keys and south Florida are forecast to receive 3 to 6 inches of additional rain while the rest of the state is expected to experience 1 to 4 inches. Winds are forecast to reach 60 mph 12 hours and it should be over land in the Florida Panhandle in 24 hours.
The National Weather Service's office in Tampa said in a briefing Saturday that winds from Alberto would increase late Saturday night, persisting during the day Sunday, then diminish later Sunday night.
Trivia: Although subtropical storms have always been a part of the historical record, they were not officially given names until 2002. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.
Shell plans to restore production at its Ram Powell Hub in the Viosca Knoll area of the Gulf as it soon as the platform can be operated safely, the company said in a statement.
Steady weakening of the storm is forecast as it moves inland. The area remained under a flood watch that was set to expire at 7 a.m. today.
Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast are largely empty as a slowly strengthening storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approaches.
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