Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward Gulf of Mexico

The executive orders from the governors make resources available to state and local governments as they prepare to deal with the storm and its aftermath. These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

It's also more hard for forecasters to model their exact path, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks said.

The hurricane center said heavy rain will likely begin to reach the northern Gulf Coast later this weekend and last until early next week. Isolated tornadoes could erupt over the Florida Keys or southwestern Florida late Saturday.

As of Friday evening, the National Weather Service office in Slidell predicted New Orleans and surrounding parishes could see between 3 inches and 5 inches of rain by Wednesday, with double those amounts possible in some areas.

Areas across the Gulf Coast will see widespread rain amount between 4-8 inches.

Even though South Florida is not in the projected path of Alberto, the region is on the east side - the wettest side - of the storm.

News4 will be highlighting the potential for flooding as we head into next week.

Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay estimates that there's only a slim chance of Alberto upgrading to a tropical storm as it approaches Mississippi.

As Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to swirl in the southern Gulf of Mexico, it could have an impact on the weather in Middle Tennessee.

The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday.

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA- The National Hurricane Center in Miami has issued their 11:00 a.m. advisory on Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Alberto, which spun up days before the formal start of the 2018 hurricane season, was moving north at about 13 miles per hour (20 km/h) with maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, and higher gusts, on Saturday, the NWS said.

On Friday morning the agency, which is based in Miami, announced an area of low pressure in the Caribbean had developed into Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Mouth of the Pearl River. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches. Heavy bands of rain and localized flooding continue to be a threat.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of southeast Louisiana.

"It was a 50-50 chance of whether to come down and we chose to chance it", Gasper said.

Rick Scott said Saturday morning that his declared state of emergency covers all 67 counties to "prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring".

Tropical storm warnings were in place for the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and the Dry Tortugas. Some of these tropical showers will have locally very heavy rainfall.

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