Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Landfall expected today in Florida

Landfall expected today in Florida

On Thursday, the National Hurricane Center caused eyebrows to raise when it estimated a 90 percent chance that a subtropical or tropical cyclone would form in the central or eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts June 1 - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said.

It was centred about 185km (115 miles) south-west of Florida's Panama City, at 01:00 CET (6:00GMT).

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf
Landfall expected today in Florida

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm passes there will still be swells that could cause unsafe rip currents.

The center of the storm is foreast to pass through the Midwest, so Upstate New York is unlikely to get flooding rains.

He added there could also be as much as $600million in lost holiday spending as the storm disrupted long holiday weekend plans.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

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Alberto is the first named storm in the Atlantic in 2018.

As Alberto remnants spin out across the Commonwealth Tuesday and Wednesday, expect rounds of heavy rain and even strong storms to impact the state.

A storm surge watch is in effect along the US gulf coast, from Crystal River to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for ...

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A flash flood watch has be issued for this period as pockets of heavy rain could lead to localized flooding.

The heaviest rain is expected Monday morning.

Tropical storm conditions will continue to spread across the warning area this morning.

Clouds are still lingering over the region, and as the storm continues its northerly push with a forecast Monday landfall in the Florida Panhandle, it is drawing significant moisture from the south, according to the National Weather Service. Isolated tornadoes were also possible. A tropical storm warning was put into effect from the Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border. And just as Memorial Day marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season.

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