Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

States Declare Emergencies Ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

States Declare Emergencies Ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

At 11 a.m. ET Sunday, the National Hurricane Centre said Alberto was about 210 kilometres west-southwest of Tampa, Fla., and moving north at 22 km/h.

Fortunately for our friends in the Florida Panhandle, dry air has wrapped into the center of Alberto, which will likely make it hard for the storm to get too much stronger before the center comes ashore between Pensacola and Panama City Monday afternoon.

The center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. This storm will probably not impact us in a much weaker state until late next week into the start of next weekend with some showers and a few storms.

Landfall is expected to be between Seagrove Beach and Destin in the Florida Panhandle. Risky surf and rip current conditions were also likely to occur.

Double red flags mean the water is closed to the public.

Alberto was expected to drop as much as 12 inches of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast.

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"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the National Hurricane Center said in a statement. On Sunday there will likely be two areas where rain is more likely this afternoon in Central Alabama, with the earliest chance in Northwest Alabama and later in areas to the south and east.

In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

Heavy downpours are expected to begin lashing parts of those states on Sunday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday across the the region, said on Sunday that the National Guard has 5,500 members ready to be deployed. There's always a low-end risk of severe storms or a quick spin-up tornado on the left (eastern) side of tropical systems, which will be the case for eastern Alabama.

"It's not really without precedent", Doody said.

With conditions expected to worsen overnight, officials are encouraging people planning to check out Monday to give themselves extra time.

News4 will be highlighting the potential for flooding as we head into next week. "We get water from other neighborhoods, and water can get up to a foot deep in some places".

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