Alberto to bring widespread, heavy rain to the region

Henrietta Brewer
May 28, 2018

The National Hurricane Center says that Alberto now has top sustained 2inds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) but that little further strengthening is expected before Alberto reaches the Gulf Coast sometime Monday. A more destructive storm could develop over the next 48 hours. Tropical storm warnings were up for parts of the Panhandle and the Alabama coast.

Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the area rebuilding from a devastating flood about two years ago that killed two people and damaged dozens of buildings. "It has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, which is about 10 miles shy of being a hurricane".

After making landfall near the Florida panhandle, the storm was expected to continue northwest, slowing down Monday, according to

The storm is the first storm of this year's hurricane season, coming a few day before the season officially starts on June 1.

Western Cuba, the Florida Keys and southern Florida remain at risk of flooding and flash flooding Monday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET update, with the risk moving north with the storm.

Some rain is possible for Memorial Day today but the greatest chance comes Tuesday when Subtropical Storm Alberto makes a northward journey through the state.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to slam into the Florida Panhandle about mid-afternoon Monday, and wallop parts of the southeastern United States with drenching rains, blasting winds and possible tornadoes, officials said.

Alberto is expected to hold its current strength. but very little additional strengthening is likely before coming ashore across the USA east central Gulf coast.

On Saturday evening, the storm was located about 95 miles north of the western tip of Cuba and 275 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

The weather service lists the rain chances as 100 percent Tuesday and 80 percent Tuesday night. The main threat is from heavy rain that could lead to flooding, the city said, but also high winds and storm surge could cause problems. It is still predicted to bring extremely heavy rain, gusty winds and, just east of where the center makes landfall, a rise in ocean water of up to several feet above normally dry land. She said "strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside. Some of those storms could be severe, he said.

"We've never seen one (storm) before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said.

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