Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day

Clark Diaz
May 29, 2018

People are cautioned not to swim or play in the Gulf because the storm will kick up unsafe rip currents.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause unsafe rip currents.

As we head back to work on Tuesday, we increase those rain chances a little more.

The Jacksonville International Airport received 1.37 inches of rain Sunday, according the National Weather Service, while the Gainesville Regional Airport reportedly measured only 0.92 inches. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?"

With Alberto nearing the Florida Panhandle Monday, we will still be on the wet side of the system and our rain chances will remain elevated.

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A storm surge watch is in effect along the US gulf coast, from Crystal River to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Forecasters anxious that as Subtropical Storm Alberto spun north through the Gulf of Mexico this weekend, it would fling moisture from the south toward Tampa Bay, assaulting the area with an endless barrage of rain that could lead to risky river flooding.

And Alberto's central pressure hit 990 minibars at one point - which is the lowest for a named Atlantic storm in May since Subtropical Storm Alpha in 1972, according to Klotzbach.

However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said. On Saturday evening, a wind gust of 47 miles per hour was reported by the National Weather Service in Key West, Florida. Because of the potential for higher rain totals over the next two days, a flood watch continues.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is delivering heavy rain and gusty winds to Florida on Sunday morning with current projections showing the storm making landfall in the Panhandle as a tropical storm tomorrow. The weather had scared off the usual crowds expected for the holiday weekend.

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It will bring heavy rain and winds of 100kmh (65mph) across southern states, the US National Hurricane Center said. The Florida panhandle, a good portion of Alabama and western Georgia are dramatically more at risk for flash flooding with this storm.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard has 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

"Swells from Alberto will create unsafe surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph).

At 11 a.m. ET Sunday, the National Hurricane Centre said Alberto was about 210 kilometres west-southwest of Tampa, Fla., and moving north at 22 km/h.

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