Monday, 22 October, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains stationary over NW Caribbean Sea

Alberto is likely to make landfall Monday between New Orleans and Destin Florida before moving into Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday Alberto is likely to make landfall Monday between New Orleans and Destin Florida before moving into Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday
| 26 May, 2018, 15:45

The storm, which by Friday morning had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, is expected to slow down when it reaches land, prolonging heavy rain.

"Environmental conditions are forecast to steadily become more conducive for development, and a subtropical or tropical depression or storm is likely to form by Saturday over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or the southeastern Gulf of Mexico", NHC Forecaster Stacy Stewart said. Alberto comes ahead of schedule: the six-month hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1.

As of 2 p.m., Subtropical Storm Alberto — which formed Friday morning — was almost stationary about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

There are now no severe weather alerts for Northeast Florida, but rip current warnings were issued Friday along Florida's Gulf Coast area expected to be extended to the East Coast over the weekend.

Heavy rain will be the biggest threat from Invest 90-L for the Tampa Bay area. It's expected to gradually strengthen over the next three days.


- Forecasters have issued tropical storm and storm surge watches for parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast as Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches.

The 4 p.m. advisory's forecast track brings projects Alberto to make landfall around the Mississippi-Alabama state line on Monday evening as a strong tropical storm. Forecasters say heavy rains are likely across western Cuba, much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week.

The highest rainfall amounts are expected along and near the I-75 corridor with some isolated areas receiving up to 6 inches. Hurricane Hunters found very little organization within the subtropical storm, which is severely sheared.

While the storm continues to move towards the coast, its effects will take a bit of time to arrive.

The National Weather Service has put out a call for spotters in western Carolina and the Piedmont to be on watch Sunday night and Monday for large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and even tornadoes. For more information, consult products from your local weather office. Winds will calm down on Memorial Day as Alberto moves onshore far to our north. "There could be some possible high surf with hazardous high risk of rip currents along the beaches".

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