Alberto to soak Florida, puts wet blanket on Memorial Day weekend

Pablo Tucker
May 27, 2018

South Florida is under a flood watch through Sunday as a premature, but very real, subtropical storm churns slowly toward the Gulf Coast. The storm was located about 65 miles north-northwest of the eastern tip of Cuba, or 195 miles northwest of the Dry Tortugas.

Between Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern USA and Maria in Puerto Rico, previous year was one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, said The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued their 11:00 a.m. advisory on Subtropical Storm Alberto. The forecast from the Weather Prediction Center still estimates up to 4 inches or more of rain could fall in Volusia County, where a flood watch is in effect.

Alberto was moving north-northeast at 7 miles per hour on Saturday morning with winds now at 40 miles per hour.

In 2016, Hurricane Alex became a tropical storm in the waters south of the Azores.

Forecasters expect Alberto to make landfall between the Mississippi Gulf Coast and central Florida Panhandle on Monday.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

Along with the rain, strong rip currents are expected along the Crystal Coast.

If you are heading to the Florida beaches or along the Gulf Coast starting in MS, you will still be under the Tropical Storm Watch and a Storm Surge Watch into Tuesday because Alberto is tracking closer to the Florida Panhandle. There is also a prolonged tornado threat for much of the state beginning near the coast on Sunday and lasting into at least Tuesday night in north Alabama.

Even before Alberto arrives, local thunderstorms are possible, with the potential for heavy rain.

The first storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Center was named Friday morning as Subtropical Storm Alberto officially formed over the northwe...

The warning area stretches from Mobile, Alabama across the coast along the Florida Panhandle.

SUNDAY INTO MEMORIAL DAY: Timing is still a bit in question, but heavier rainfall with higher totals are likely with projected totals of 3 to 5 inches expected.

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