Alberto's track still puts Gulf Coast in its path


Subtropical Storm Alberto accelerated slightly as it moved north off of Cuba and toward the Gulf of Gulf of Mexico on Saturday (May 26), bringing heavy rains to the island and also threatening flash flooding over parts of south Florida.

The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm Saturday.

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season and it was roiling parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and unsafe surf on Saturday morning.

The National Hurricane Center defines subtropical storm as a "subtropical cyclone" in which the maximum sustained wind speed - using the USA one-minute average - is 39 miles per hour or higher.

For those who are planning on staying home in north Alabama and southern Tennessee, we anticipate scattered showers and thunderstorms for Sunday and Monday - though these storms will not be associated with Alberto.

The system is forecast to bring an estimated 3-6 inches of rain to Tampa Bay over the weekend, said Rodney Wynn, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Alberto to be a Tropical Storm when it makes landfall either late Sunday evening or early Monday morning (winds between 39-74 mph). Rain totals in some parts of Broward County were as much as 2 inches by Saturday evening.

As Alberto moves northward it's expected to carry plentiful rainfall with it. Forecasters said maximum amounts up to 15 inches are possible along its track between eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida.

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Cedar Key, an island city off the northwest coast at Florida's big bend, is an area of particular concern at this time, Graham said.

This marks the fourth straight year a tropical or subtropical system has been named prior to the start of the official June 1 hurricane season date.

There is a good possibility that we could see a strong tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Crystal River in Florida to the Mouth of the Pearl River in Mississippi.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region.

About 5 to 10 inches rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

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