Florida panhandle braces for impact as Alberto approaches

Path of Subtropical Storm Alberto as of Saturday

Path of Subtropical Storm Alberto as of Saturday

Alabama and MS have activated their National Guards in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is expected to make Landfall in Florida on Monday.

According to an update on the NHC, the centre of the storm is due to hit areas on the gulf coast Sunday night or early Monday, but heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will reach the area ahead of the storm's centre. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

Officials in one Florida Panhandle county say that Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely dump rain on the region, but they're less concerned about storm surge.

Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm
Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm

The Florida panhandle into eastern Alabama and western Georgia.4 to 8 inches, isolated 12 inches.

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.

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm had top sustained winds of 85 km/h. A gradual strengthening was expected through the weekend as it moves north.

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The National Hurricane Center said that on Sunday, Alberto is expected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding in western Cuba, the Florida Keys and south Florida.

Showers will begin spreading in from south to north late Sunday night into Monday.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Little change in strength is expected before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast.

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TORNADOES: A couple of brief tornadoes are possible on Monday across much of Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, and southeastern Alabama. This is almost 60 miles east and about six hours sooner than the forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday.

The storm was about 130 miles west-southwest of Tampa, moving north at 14 mph, the hurricane center said. The storm has been rather disorganized for most of its life over water, which is why it has earned the "subtropical" classification. A storm surge watch has been discontinued west of the Florida/Alabama border.

"The storm was moving north at about 14 miles per hour, so not real fast".

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Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center. The heaviest rain is likely to move into Southeast Florida by Saturday afternoon. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

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