Alberto, year's first named Atlantic storm, makes Florida landfall

Steve Phelps
May 29, 2018

Storm Alberto is expected to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day Monday at around 1pm (7pm BST).

At 1 p.m. Monday, Sub Tropical Storm Alberto was making landfall around Panama City, Florida. Mayor Tony Kennon said that Alberto has kept tourists away from the town during what could have been its busiest weekend, although a few courageous souls showed up.

Its winds, which had strengthened overnight to 65 miles per hour, were down to 60 miles per hour as of 11 a.m.

Storm Alberto is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane but will still pose dangers to residents and holidaymakers across the south-east.

Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

Forecasters said Alberto has most recently taken a northwest track that would bring it over the northern Gulf of Mexico during the night and make landfall on or in the vicinity of the Florida panhandle today.

Wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour, a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain are all still expected near and east of where Alberto makes landfall.

Tropical Storm Alberto has already caused major rain and wind as it passed by the west coast of Cuba.

Area events will remember those who fell in service to the US
Denver's annual observance of Memorial Day will be held at the POF Hall just south of the state capitol at 1340 Sherman. Past events have included guest speakers, local dignitaries, certificate presentations, vocal performances and taps.

Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, Alberto delivered heavy amounts of rain stretching from western Cuba to the Florida peninsula. The heavy rain along with the saturated grounds could lead to some flash flooding. A few brief tornadoes were possible in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Alberto formed several days ahead of the official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season on June 1.

"The impact here will mainly be rain", Kula said.

It is forecast to drop as much as 30cm (12in) of rain across MS to western Georgia and to bring storm swells of about 60-120cm (2-4ft) to low-lying areas. It is still a subtropical storm, meaning that it does not have all of the characteristics of a purely tropical system and is more of a hybrid cyclone. But the storm still poses a considerable threat to the Florida Panhandle as it is predicted to move ashore there on Monday.

Flood and flash-flood watches are spread across Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, where 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) of rain could fall through early next week and reach into South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee expected to be hit by Alberto's remnants, the National Weather Service said.

Waters off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast are expected to be rough through Tuesday. In fact, upper 80s will be widespread inland tomorrow with low 80s at the coast before sea breezes knock the numbers back into the 70s there.

Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday declared states of emergency.

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