David: Alberto expected to enter Gulf of Mexico tonight

Casey Dawson
May 27, 2018

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said that the Florida Keys and Southwest Florida should begin to feel the effects of Alberto this evening and tonight, with the possibility of "a tornado or two".

The storm, which has not yet become fully tropical, was located 120 miles east-northeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 70 miles south of Cuba's western tip.

The storm is expected to approach the USA northern Gulf Coast on the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, according to the latest National Weather Service (NWS) advisory.

According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm watches are now in affect for parts of Mexico and Cuba. Storm surge could reach 2 to 4 feet when Alberto approaches the region on Monday.

The first named storm of Hurricane season 2018 is moving toward the U.S. Saturday and Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared an emergency in every county in his state.

As much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain is possible in south Florida, where some areas had more than 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain last weekend.

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Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts, and gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours.

Alberto was still struggling on Saturday, according to the hurricane center.

Manatee residents should be ready for swaths of rain as Alberto moves north over the Gulf over the next few days. River flooding is possible, along with coastal flooding and inland rainwater flooding.

The National Hurricane Center this morning upgraded the chances of a broad swath of storms off Central America morphing into a full-blown depression by this weekend all the way up to 80 percent.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week.

Some people made a decision to start their beach trip a bit early because of the rain expected later in the weekend, while a few locals who had plans to go out of town for the holiday weekend opted to keep it local instead. The official National Hurricane Center forecast released Thursday said the season is likely to be near or above normal. Up to half an inch of rain was expected to fall in Bradenton on Saturday night.

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