Alberto: Heavy rains expected for Central Florida

The axis for heavy rain is now in the Florida Panhandle with up to a foot of rain arriving Monday. 2 to 4 inches expected here in the Grand Strand

On Saturday evening, the storm was located about 95 miles north of the western tip of Cuba and 275 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Although the center of Alberto is expected to pass to the West of the Suncoast we may experience low end tropical storm force winds beginning on Sunday morning.

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

The storm surge watch territory is vast - Crystal River to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

But residents in the northern Gulf Coast will feel Alberto before they see the storm, forecasters say, adding that heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the region by Sunday night.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Storm Warnings now issued for coasts of Alabama and Florida Panhandle
Tropical Storm Warnings now issued for coasts of Alabama and Florida Panhandle

In Southern Alabama, Mississippi and the western Florida panhandle there could be as much as one foot of rain. In both a tropical or subtropical storm, the maximum winds measured must be 39 miles per hour or greater. "The heaviest rain should remain well east as well with an anticipated 4-8 inches here over the course of the next 3-4 days".

If you are vacationing along the coast at area beaches, you need to be aware of the potential for flooding rain Monday and Tuesday along with a threat of tornadoes east of the center of Alberto.

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. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

"We can not rule out the possibility of this system becoming a hurricane before it makes landfall sometime on Monday or Monday evening", according to AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski.

"It was a 50-50 chance of whether to come down and we made a decision to chance it", Gasper said. Alberto is expected to move northward into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. The forecast from the Weather Prediction Center still estimates up to 4 inches or more of rain could fall in Volusia County, where a flood watch is in effect.

Isolated Tornadoes are also possible with some of the stronger storms today across NCFL.




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