Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Crystal River may see storm surge from Alberto

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency across Florida over fears of subtropical storm Alberto
Frank Williams | 27 May, 2018, 08:56

Mississippi's governor joined Florida's in declaring a state of emergency ahead of a subtropical storm's hitting the Gulf Coast.

On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is expected to move near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham conducted a Facebook Live update at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Rain chances are at 70 percent to 80 percent for portions of Florida throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is now Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Rain and wind are pushing through South Florida as the storm heads north up to the Gulf coast.

Rainfall totals could reach 15 inches in spots, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday, with widespread areas seeing 5 to 10 inches.

Heavy rains are the biggest concern as they may lead to extremely serious flash and river flooding. Maximum winds were 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, and the storm was moving east at 2 mph. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

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Alberto is expected to travel across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Saturday night through Monday and approach the northern part of the Gulf where it could make landfall Monday night. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

There's also a strong threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana.

Expected storm surges along the Florida to Louisiana coast could swell two to four feet, with some areas getting as low as a foot but some topping three feet.

At the moment, the New Orleans area is expected to see sustained winds of 20 mph to 25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.

The good news is Alberto is going to be a very small storm with the heaviest rains and winds located only 30-50 miles on either side of the center of the storm.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Scattered thunderstorms well away from Alberto are possible in the afternoons.

The official start of hurricane season isn't until June 1.

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