Lowcountry weather as Subtropical Storm Alberto makes landfall

Audrey Hill
May 28, 2018

Although the center of Alberto is expected to pass to the West of the Suncoast we may experience low end tropical storm force winds beginning on Sunday morning.

A flash flood watch has been issued for every coastal county in the Mobile office's jurisdiction - an area that includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and stretches from Northwest Florida to MS - beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and running to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"The primary effects we will see from this storm in west central and southwest Florida will be heavy rainfall, isolated thunderstorms, gusty winds, and unsafe marine conditions", the weather service forecast said.

Regardless of its path and intensity, Alberto expected to bring heavy rains of more than 10 inches and flash flooding to western Cuba and southern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said.

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Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

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The center of the storm is forecasted to come over the Alabama-Florida border.

On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is expected to move near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon.

For Tampa Bay, this means the area has a shot at tropical storm force winds in excess of 39 miles per hour with gusts toward 50 miles per hour.

The National Weather Service said rainfall amounts of 5 to 6 inches are expected in areas of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, up until Tuesday.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday with up to 15 inches of rain forecast over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Some storms could produce some very heavy downpours across the region, but they will remain scattered so not everyone will see the rain. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

Flash flood watches have been posted for much of Florida, and along the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southwest Georgia.

Forecasters expect a gradual transition to a more traditional "tropical" storm once thunderstorms can develop around its center. There is a small risk of an isolated tornado when some of the stronger storms move through on Sunday.

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