Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

The first named tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Indian Pass near Apalachicola to Grand Isle, La. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

Subtropical storm Alberto is forecast to move northward into the Gulf Of Mexico over the weekend, with its center passing west of Cuba, the Florida Keys and mainland Florida - and setting its sights on eastern Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.

All 67 Florida counties were issued the notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Scott said in a statement.

The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said. Winds will become gustier tomorrow, and some funnel clouds and isolated tornadoes are possible in the stronger squalls.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

Highest maximum sustained winds remained 40 miles per hour and the barometric pressure was down a single millibar to 1005. It's expected to gradually strengthen over the next three days as it begins to move to the north.

Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay estimates that there's only a slim chance of Alberto upgrading to a tropical storm as it approaches Mississippi.

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The early storm doesn't necessarily mean it will be a busier-than-usual hurricane season though. The season officially starts on June 1.

Flood watches have already been established all throughout Alabama and Georgia, the National Hurricane Center reported.

Nick Ellis III and his father Nick Ellis II picked up their sandbags Saturday and gave Manatee County workers a hand by picking up shovels and filling their own bags.

Up to a foot of rain will be possible for areas near the coast in Alabama and northwest Florida, where many are vacationing for the Memorial Day weekend.

Rip Currents: Moderate risk today and high risk Sunday and Monday as onshore winds and seas increase.

Rain chances for South Florida are now at 80 percent Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

If you're traveling for the holiday, the worst weather will be in South Florida-where they will deal with even more rain-and the Florida Panhandle-where winds and storm surge will be a concern.

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