Alberto could drench the Tennessee Valley, cause wind damage

Terry Joseph
May 31, 2018

An elevated observing station located about 15 miles (25 km) south of Apalachicola, Florida, has recently reported sustained winds of 46 mph (74 km/h). The combination of Storm Surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters mov ing inland.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy, occasional rain and a thunderstorm. River flooding will be possible this week as a result.

There will be the risk of a few quick hitting, weak tornadoes as this system moves through. From Tuesday through Saturday an additional inch is expected in the area. Only.13 inches had fallen at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport through 5 p.m. Saturday, but almost 6 inches has fallen so far this month, about three times the normal amount. Because of expected deteriorating weather, the sandbag distribution points will not be open Sunday, the county said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured from space nearing the Florida Panhandle on May 27, 2018.

Rain chances will remain intact through Memorial Day as some outer bands from Alberto could stream in through the region.

Alberto had picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it the warning of life-threatening inundation, said the Miami-based NHC.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the entire Gulf Coast. Myers, Florida. By Monday morning, Alberto had produced sustained winds up to 65 miles per hour.

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A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect through the evening hours.

The storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley today and tomorrow, the hurricane center said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard has 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, people lined up Sunday to fill 10- and 20-pound bags full of sand to use to block flooding from the storm.

Waves as high as 18 feet were forecast for northern Gulf beaches. Floridians on the west coast of the panhandle have been ordered to evacuate, with thousands taking heed and moving out of the way of the storm.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski stressed that the subtropical storm classification is only in reference to the fact that Alberto is not considered a pure tropical system.

In Cuba, flooding damaged an oil refinery and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Alberto continued to drench the island in heavy rain.

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