Alberto: Tropical storm winds, dangerous surf, heavy rains expected

AL012018_5day_cone_no_line_and_windWatches in effect
  • Tropical storm watch
  • Storm surge watch–for the next 48 hours
  • Flash flood watch–Saturday evening through Tuesday evening
  • Flash flood threat–Saturday evening through late Tuesday

HOLT, Fla., May 25, 2018–Rains, wind, hazardous surf and flooding are expected with the storm making its way toward the Gulf Coast this weekend.

According to the National Weather Service in Mobile, Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to make landfall overnight Monday into early Tuesday.

By Saturday, surf should begin to increase along the coast.

By Sunday, heavy rain will begin overspreading into the region from the south and east and will last through Tuesday.

The most likely time period the area could see tropical-storm-force winds is late Sunday night into early Monday.

This system will be slow to move out of the area, so impacts will linger through Tuesday, according to the NWS.

The storm

According to the National Hurricane Center, Alberto is moving at a slow and erratic 2 mph over the northwestern Caribbean Sea with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph.

This movement is expected through the night.

At 7 p.m. CDT, the center of  Alberto was located about 100 miles south-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 195 miles south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba.

From Saturday afternoon into Sunday, a general northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected, followed by a turn toward the northwest Monday, according to the NHC.

Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, with little change in strength forecast for Monday.

Rains and flooding

image4Prolonged periods of heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and continue into early next week.

Heavy rainfall of 6-to-12 inches is possible with locally higher amounts Saturday evening through late Tuesday, according to the NWS in Mobile.

Flooding potential will increase across this region early next week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland.

High surf of 5 feet or more is expected Saturday through Tuesday evening.

Forecast

There’s a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms tonight increasing to 60 percent for Saturday.

forecast

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