Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto churns toward Florida

Greg Lawrence
May 28, 2018

The storm was about 105 miles (165 km) south of Apalachicola, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT) and was expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The slow-moving system is expected to pack heavy rains and winds over the Memorial Day weekend.

In case you were wondering subtropical storm Alberto.it will make landfall across the Western Panhandle of Florida or Southern Alabama Memorial Day with tropical storm force winds and 6 to 12"+ of rain".

MS governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency as the storm moves toward the state's coast.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches.

"There is the risk that Alberto stalls near the coast on Monday and struggles to move inland", said AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

A CNN image released on May 26, 2018, shows where Subtropical Storm Alberto is likely to make landfall on Monday between New Orleans and Destin, Florida, before moving into MS and Alabama by Tuesday. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour as it approached the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides. Like residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties, people in Gulfport, Mississippi, lined up to fill sandbags.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said.

With a subtropical storm, the strongest winds and thunderstorms are located far away from the center, even though they may be just as strong as those found in a tropical storm.

Winds will remain gusty for the rest of the holiday weekend, but tropical-storm force winds will stay well to our west. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto. Heavier bands of rain and the potential for a few severe storms on Wednesday is also possible.

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