Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Kenneth Drake
May 30, 2018

Alberto has had quite the circuitous route of a sub-tropical was quite hard defining the center (s) at the start.and then what steered the system wound up also being a hybrid forecast.

On Monday, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto, made landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida, just west of Panama City, bringing with it sustained wind speeds of 45 miles per hour as it moved just 9 miles per hour up the Florida Panhandle and into Alabama. The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph).

Forecasters also warned people in those same areas and in southern SC of the possibility that "brief tornadoes" could develop as Alberto moved further inland. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue early Monday, with scattered thunderstorms into the afternoon.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned.

Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the Southeast, including Florida, the NHC said in its latest update.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

Some 3,000 people were evacuated in the central province of Sancti Spiritus because of the flooding threat, the EFE news agency reported.

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

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Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo. 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.

Forecasters warn Alberto, a still-menacing depression after its Memorial Day landfall on the Gulf Coast, is scattering heavy rains around the South amid heightened risks of flash flooding.

"It's not a good sign, getting hit by a storm before hurricane season", Husar told the Panama City News Herald.

Forecasters said Alberto could bring life-threatening high water to southern coastal states when it slams an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes. In Gulf County, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations Sunday morning.

In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters.

The storm was moving north at about 8mph (13km/h), the National Hurricane Center said.

With all the rain around, Monday's high temperature will only get to about 76 degrees. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.