Florida panhandle braces as storm Alberto gains new strength

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

The storm system could move slowly through Upstate; if so, that would increase the chances of heavy rain.

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

According to Moss, a 20 percent chance of rain is possible by 2 p.m., with that chance increasing when the sun goes down.

Four to 8 inches of rain will be possible in those areas, with 3-5 inches now forecast east of the Interstate 65 corridor. "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast".

No effects from Subtropical Storm Alberto are expected for southeast Louisiana. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned due to high surf and risky conditions.

Additionally, the area is under a flash flood watch, a high surf warning and a rip current warning.

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north
Alberto brings little rain to Volusia/Flagler area

Based on Alberto's current track, central Alabama can expect rain, heavy at times, and a small risk of isolated tornadoes from Alberto as the storm moves inland on Monday and into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Birmingham. This means that tropical storm conditions (winds of 40 miles per hour sustained) are possible.

The storm comes after a series of deadly hurricanes in the United States and Caribbean past year walloped places including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico - causing billions of dollars in damage. 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.

The National Weather Service's office in Tampa said in a briefing Saturday that winds from Alberto would increase late Saturday night, persisting during the day Sunday, then diminish later Sunday night. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.

In our area, the primary threat from Alberto is flooding from heavy rainfall.

The system might actually reduce some of the potential rainfall that was already expected to affect the area Monday and Tuesday, Wolf said.

The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center. The chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected to remain about the same going into Tuesday evening, which is forecast to be cloudy with a low around 72.

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