Alberto bringing scattered storms and gusty winds to the area

Casey Dawson
May 29, 2018

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency on Saturday for all 67 counties in his state.

"We got the flags out", Rice told the Northwest Florida Daily News as wind whipped a massive USA flag flying at half-staff. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph).

At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 400 miles (645 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).

Subtropical Storm Alberto's gusty rain and brisk winds roiled the seas off the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, keeping white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Forecasters are also warning people in those same areas and in southern SC of the possibility that "brief tornadoes" could develop as Alberto moves further inland.

Some tornadoes could also be touched off.

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Panovich said the Charlotte area will be under a medium risk of severe weather with flash flooding being the primary concern this week.

The projected storm track for Alberto has shifted eastward, according to reports, lessening the threat to oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, but increasing the danger to northeastern Florida coastal areas.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the NHC said.

A water vapor satellite image from Monday morning reveals dry air (oranges and yellows) pinwheeling its way into Alberto's circulation.

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passed by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. Meanwhile, areas along the Florida Panhandle endured tropical storm conditions as thunderstorms and high winds from the northern bands of the storm reached inland. In the Florida Keys, and southern Florida, a widespread 3 to 6 inches of rain is likely, with locally up to 10 inches possible.

It is expected that Alberto will bring heavy rainfall that will last well into the week and stretch into areas of the Ohio Valley. A few brief tornadoes also were possible in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Wednesday: What's left of Alberto will get pulled north then eventually east into an upper level trough of low pressure.

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