Subtropical Storm Alberto Turns North-Northwest, No Change In Strength

Pablo Tucker
May 28, 2018

But another burst of widespread rain and thunderstorms appears to be on tap for the Suncoast on Tuesday before a drying trend sets in later in the week.

As of 5pm Sunday evening. subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida or around 120 miles south of the Florida panhandle. "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast".

Subtropical storm Alberto's course shifted slightly westward as it approached the Gulf Coast on Sunday. Unsafe surf and rip current conditions were also likely to occur. Swelling riverbanks, tornadoes and localized flooding are possible.

Subtropical Storm Alberto Turns North-Northwest, No Change In Strength

"We expect heavier rain tomorrow throughout the day", said Chris Fisher, a metereologist for the Miami office of the National Weather Service.

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.

Many may see some tropical storm force wind gusts along the coast but not necessarily sustained winds. Then by later Monday, the main moisture feed - the tail of Alberto - is forecast by the computer models to move back over us as the center of the storm goes ashore in the panhandle.

Although the east side of the storm isn't expected to reach Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties, the storm's outer bands are expected to bring the area heavy rain, gusts of more than 40 miles per hour, strong rip currents and the possibility of tornadoes, according to a briefing by the National Weather Service in Miami. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.

The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on the storm, and it has not strengthened much if at all, the center says.

Remain weather aware today as a Flood Watch is in effect through Monday at 8 p.m. for heavy rain up to 4-inches in some locations.

Strong to severe storms will also be possible embedded in the rain on Sunday.

Alberto should push through the region by Monday evening, said, Corless said.

Areas in western Cuba and southern Florida are getting hammered with heavy bouts of rain which will likely lead to flooding over the next few days.

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