Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Alberto makes landfall near Panama City Beach

Alberto makes landfall near Panama City Beach

The US states of Alabama, Florida and MS have declared an emergency ahead of subtropical storm Alberto expected to make landfall on Monday, authorities said.

Clouds are still lingering over the region, and as the storm continues its northerly push with a forecast Monday landfall in the Florida Panhandle, it is drawing significant moisture from the south, according to the National Weather Service.

The NHC also announced cancellations of a tropical storm warning for the Dry Tortugas, a tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast and a storm surge watch west of the Florida/Alabama border.

Monday morning, Alberto was moving at about 6 mph -down from 14 mph and then 12 mph on Sunday- with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph.

Monday: We are now see a small break in the shield of rain, but bands of rain with isolated storms are beginning to move into Southeast Alabama.

Combined with the above average rainfall we've already seen so far this spring, additional rain could create flooding issues in the upcoming week along area rivers.

Tuesday: More rain will fall as the low pressure center of Alberto moves through Alabama.

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Up to 25 centimetres of rain is expected to be dumped along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour.

Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October, and no tropical storm could deter them.

A FLASH FLOOD WARNING is in place for parts of Buncombe, Henderson, McDowell, Polk, Rutherford counties until 5:45pm Tuesday.

In late May 2016, Tropical Storm Bonnie hit parts of the Southeastern United States and the Bahamas, costing more than $640,000 in damage and causing two deaths.

Because of the predicted landfall area, Lee County and surrounding areas could potentially experience "tropical weak tornadoes", Allen said, because of the county's location in relation to the storm. Last year, there were 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes; the first named storm was Arlene - a rare preseason tropical storm that arrived in April.

Alberto was moving slowly up the Gulf coast, traveling at 8 miles per hour, up from 6 miles per hour at the 8 a.m. advisory.

These periods of heavy rainfall could mean possible localized flooding, Allen said. Highlands North Carolina got 8 inches of rain in five days, Everett said.

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