A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday
May 28 2018 by Michele Stevens
But the broad storm system is expected to bring heavy rains across the entire northern Gulf Coast starting well before landfall. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas. As of late Sunday night, it had 65 mph winds, and the center was roughly 100 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida. Tropical storm force winds can be expected across southern and western parts of Georgia, Alabama, and southern and western MS throughout the day on Monday (see Fig. 1).
The latest information from the Bay County Emergency Operations Center suggests Tropical Storm Alberto is now expected to make landfall somewhere between the Big Bend area and Destin around 7 a.m. Monday, May 28.
Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Forecasters say 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain is expected on saturated ground with isolated areas getting up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.
The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm. As it travels up the warm waters of the Gulf, it could well become a full tropical storm.
Alberto Nearing Hurricane Strength
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall.
The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday, bringing with it deadly rip currents.
The forecast track of Subtropical Storm Alberto has shifted farther east, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday night. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. The higher initial impacts of surge, rain, wind, would be eastward into the western and central Florida Panhandle, and later into Escambia Co AL and Conecuh Co AL.
Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC.
Florida panhandle braces as storm Alberto gains new strength
According to Moss, a 20 percent chance of rain is possible by 2 p.m., with that chance increasing when the sun goes down. If we see a bit over an inch of rain before the end of the month, we will crack into the top ten of wettest months ever.