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Alberto nears landfall along Florida Panhandle

Alberto nears landfall along Florida Panhandle

The Storm Prediction Center outlines a low-end, "marginal" risk of severe storms in the region Tuesday because of Alberto's remnants; the primary threat would be a brief tornado developing within the tropical rain bands.

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The governors of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama have declared states of emergencies ahead of the subtropical storm hitting land.

Numerous northern Florida panhandle's beaches were empty of the crowds typical for Memorial Day. This means that tropical storm conditions (winds of 40 miles per hour sustained) are possible. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 90 miles from the center.

The storm is producing winds and rains over southern Florida early Sunday.

Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Charleston expect a chance of thunderstorms through Thursday, with the highest likelihood of precipitation -50 percent- on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tropical Storm warnings have has been posted for parts of the northern Gulf Coast and some coastal waters along the western side of FL. The NHC canceled a tropical storm warning west of the Alabama/Florida border.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect...

Forecasters are also warning people in those same areas and in southern SC of the possibility that "brief tornadoes" could develop as Alberto moves further inland.

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

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This would mean the storm would become more compact around its centre, with the strongest winds and rain located here.

Some tornadoes could also be touched off.

Please be prepared for possible areas of flooding and loss of electricity.

Two-four feet of storm surge is also possible as Alberto nears landfall along the Gulf coast, including the Florida Panhandle.

In addition to parts of the southeastern US, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto continues spinning out at sea, but this tropical system's outer rainbands have been impacting Middle Georgia since Sunday afternoon.

The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

A storm surge watch remains in effect for much of northern Florida, from the Suwannee to Navarre in the Panhandle. The Florida Keys and Florida peninsula could receive 10 inches of rain in some areas.

Rainfall from Alberto will be heaviest in Florida, Alabama and Georgia.


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