Sunda Evening Update on Subtropical Storm Alberto

Gwen Vasquez
May 29, 2018

Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday, with tropical storm force winds already reaching Florida and Alabama Monday morning.

The storm is about 15 miles west northwest of Panama City.

Alberto could cause US$400 million to US$500 million across the region, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview.

Forecasters warned of life-threatening surf conditions as Alberto approached the Florida Panhandle, where it was expected to make landfall later in the day. According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge in Mobile, says even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south.

Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", the National Hurricane Center tweeted.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC.

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A few tornadoes were also possible across the Florida peninsula Sunday.

Alberto is the first named storm of 2018, and was moving north toward Florida at roughly six miles per hour.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on Friday, but the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season is expected to bring some more showers to the Orlando area.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Alberto is expected to become a subtropical depression Monday night or early Tuesday.

Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October, and no tropical storm could deter them. It is still a subtropical storm, meaning that it does not have all of the characteristics of a purely tropical system and is more of a hybrid cyclone. While coastal areas may get from 3 to 6 inches of rain, the Florida panhandle into much of Alabama and western Georgia may see 4 to8 inches with isolated storm totals of 10 to 12 inches.

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Authorities in Howard County, Maryland, said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center dropped the lingering Tropical Storm Warning for the northern half of Longboat Key and Tampa Bay in its 5 p.m. bulletin.

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