Tuesday, 21 August, 2018

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Declares State of Emergency As 'Severe' Weather Nears

Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to churn north through the Gulf of Mexico Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to churn north through the Gulf of Mexico
| 28 May, 2018, 17:11

However, while we have less of a rain and storm threat the humidity and heat will continue to be high. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night.

A fisherman casts his line from the storm wall along Pascagoula Bay in Pascagoula, Miss., Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was moving northward through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

The first named Atlantic storm of 2018 is expected to intensify and bring wind speeds of up to 40 kilometres per hour to the Gulf Coast when it approaches over the holiday on Monday, he said. Although, the season doesn't technically start until June 1.

More than 5,000 were evacuated in Cuba over the raging subtropical storm Alberto, Sputnik reports.Some 3,000 people were evacuated in the central province of Sancti Spiritus because of the flooding threat, also near the Zaza Reservoir, which is overflowed because of the heavy rainfall, the EFE news agency reported.Meanwhile, about 2,000 people were reportedly evacuated in the province of Villa Clara. Alberto's maximum sustained winds are now 65 miles per hour (100 kph) with higher gusts and the minimum central pressure reads 991 MB or 29.27 inches.

Forecasters say the most risky conditions could be in the mountains.

After that, it will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, the hurricane center said. The risk for rip currents will also remain high at area beaches for several days, and water enthusiasts are encouraged to use caution or check with local authorities before entering the water. "Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida", it said.


The new location closer to Florida also implies that the center of the storm may come close enough to the west coast of the state, including the Tampa Bay area, to cause unsafe winds and some storm surge.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all barrier islands in Franklin County, Florida as well as anyone living along the coastline or in an RV park.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a declaration for all 67 counties in his state. There's always a low-end risk of severe storms or a quick spin-up tornado on the left (eastern) side of tropical systems, which will be the case for eastern Alabama.

Alberto expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.

"Little change in strength is expected before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast later today", Cangialosi said.

"Each day this week will be like our normal pattern, with afternoon storms", Cokinos said. "Some of the rain could be moderate to heavy, adding up to an inch of rainfall rather quickly". And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

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