Subtropical Storm Alberto makes landfall, pelts Gulf Coast with heavy rain

Dark clouds approach Friday near Fort Lauderdale where a state of emergency is in effect due to Subtropical Storm Alberto which could bring rain to Upstate New York
US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season
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29 May, 2018

Shelters were opened in Bay County, Florida, where Panama City is the county seat, ahead of the storm, WJHG.com reports.

The counterclockwise spin of Alberto and the clockwise rotation of a high-pressure system in the Atlantic are combining to bring moisture northward into the Triangle, said Kathleen Carroll, a meteorologist at the weather service office in Raleigh.

At 7-30 p.m. EDT Sunday, Alberto was centered about 195 miles (315 kilometers) west of Tampa and had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) up from 50 mph (85 kph) earlier.

"This is definitely a unsafe storm".

Strong storms possible Thursday and Friday: As Alberto moves away, a different type of summertime weather pattern kicks in; that could deliver some intense summertime storms on Thursday and Friday.

Franklin County, in the Florida Panhandle, has issued a mandatory evacuation for its barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico affecting some 4,200 housing units, while Taylor County, to the east, has a voluntary evacuation order in place for its coastal areas.

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening.

It will bring heavy rain and winds of 80km/h (50mph) across southern states, the US National Hurricane Center said. But forecasters said it will dump heavy rain on the Florida Panhandle, raising the risk of flash flooding and storm surges.

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Officials said a possible tornado blew a trampoline up onto power lines in Stuart, Florida on Sunday. It was expected to reach land Monday afternoon or evening as it headed north at about 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

And just as the long holiday weekend marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season.

Duffey said the storm is expected to remain relatively mild.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is about to make Memorial Day 2018 a washout when it makes landfall.

In late May 2016, Tropical Storm Bonnie hit parts of the Southeastern United States and the Bahamas, costing more than $640,000 in damage and causing two deaths.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico overnight and cross the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday", the National Hurricane Center said.

Rain was in the forecast for the Orlando area as subtropical storm Alberto approached the Florida Panhandle Monday morning.

Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday declared states of emergency. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".


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