Alberto makes landfall in Florida, flash flooding reported

Audrey Hill
May 30, 2018

The storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday morning, reports CNN.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later tonight and Tuesday", the NHC said. With maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph), Alberto had begun weakening as it moved to the north at 10 miles per hour (17 kph).

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted.

"Given the short period of time before Alberto makes landfall, its overall ragged appearance, and proximity to dry air, little change in strength is expected before the subtropical storm reaches the coast", said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist at the hurricane center.

Alberto was forecast to weaken to a "remnant low pressure" system by Tuesday evening as it moves into the Tennessee Valley and then the Ohio Valley, the weather service said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo.

Subtropical Storm Alberto bearing down on Florida's coastline Sunday.

SURF: Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned and holiday plans were disrupted.

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Alberto could cause $400 million to $500 million across the South, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview. The hurricane center said a tropical storm warning was in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

"It was a constant rain but not a heavy rain", said Regina Myers, emergency management director in Walker County northwest of Birmingham.

Forecasters said Alberto could bring unsafe high water to southern coastal states when it douses an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes.

"We got the flags out", Rice told the Northwest Florida Daily News as wind whipped a massive USA flag flying at half-staff. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?"

Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries. "We've never seen one before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said.

Authorities in Florida's Franklin and Taylor counties issued mandatory evacuation orders for thousands of coastal residents.

Satellite photos (above) show the center of the storm just offshore of the Florida Panhandle, and the very obvious moisture feed from tropics - the tail - extending in a comma shape just offshore of the peninsula and continuing south.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a hurricane season forecast Thursday that calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

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