Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

The storm had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service's office in Tampa said in a briefing Saturday that winds from Alberto would increase late Saturday night, persisting during the day Sunday, then diminish later Sunday night.

Alberto is classified as a subtropical storm, though it could develop into a more traditional tropical system by the time it makes landfall Sunday night or Monday.

Alberto is still a very board low pressure system with the main area of circulation with the storm jumping around but is now centered just to the north of the western tip of Cuba. Cuba maintained its tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio, while Mexico cancelled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. Tampa, Florida; Sarasota, Florida; and Fort Myers, Florida, are under a tropical storm warning for tropical storm conditions arriving today.

Tropical storm warnings and storm-surge watches are now focused on the Gulf coast from MS to Florida, as Alberto's path becomes clearer. The season officially starts on June 1.

Here is the latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto as of the 4PM on Saturday.

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Flood and flash-flood watches are spread across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, where 4 to 7 inches (10 to 18 centimeters) of rain could fall through early next week, the U.S. Weather Prediction Center said.

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. The service warns of a high risk of rip currents for beaches along the Florida coast.

Stay tuned to Space Coast Daily for updates on Subtropical Storm Alberto and information regarding the rest of the 2018 hurricane season. In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core. New flash flood watches have been issued for parts of the Carolinas, where 2 to 6 inches of rain is possible. Because of expected deteriorating weather, the sandbag distribution points will not be open Sunday, the county said.

An isolated tornado could be possible in the outer bands of the storm and weather and emergency management officials are urging people to pay close attention to the weather over the weekend.

Last year's hurricane season was brutal.

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