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Subtropical Storm Alberto takes aim at Gulf Coast

27 May 2018, 08:57 | Justin Tyler

Path of Subtropical Storm Alberto as of Saturday

Path of Subtropical Storm Alberto as of Saturday

Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches. Yesterday, I directed the State Emergency Operations Center activate to Level 2 and I will continue to be in constant communication with state and local emergency management officials as this storm approaches Florida.

The weekend Memorial Day barbecue and your summer-opening dip in the ocean isn't looking too good.

For those who are planning on staying home in north Alabama and southern Tennessee, we anticipate scattered showers and thunderstorms for Sunday and Monday - though these storms will not be associated with Alberto.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was moving north-northeastward toward the Yucatan Channel and was centered about 95 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

But Alberto is moving north through the Gulf with "a slow and erratic" path, and the forecast could change significantly. Rainfall amounts of 6-12 inches are possible with localized amounts of 12 to 24 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

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

Alberto was still a minimal tropical storm as of Saturday with winds of 40 miles per hour. Those conditions may lessen on Sunday giving the storm a chance to strengthen.

The center of the storm is expected to be move close to the western tip of Cuba on Saturday afternoon, then track up the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the night through Monday. A flash flood watch has been posted for parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and large areas of Florida. The highest winds are also now away from the center. It will likely be a strong tropical storm or possibly a minimal hurricane at that time as it taps into the warmer Gulf waters.

Florida, Alabama and MS launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

The warning area stretches from Mobile, Alabama across the coast along the Florida Panhandle. Alberto may become a more purely tropical storm over the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. After reaching top winds of 45 mph and spending 30 hours as a tropical storm, Arlene died.

A 90 percent chance of rain is forecast for Sunday with up to 1 inch of rain expected to fall throughout the day.

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