Alberto shifts slightly west more toward Destin

Cone5-2710pmHOLT, Fla., May 27, 2018, 10:30 p.m.–Alberto’s forward motion has slowed and turned toward the left according to the National Hurricane Center‘s 10 p.m. update.

It’s located 95 south of Apalachicola, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Due to the recent more northwestward motion of the storm, the first 12-to-24 hours of the official forecast have been shifted a little to the west of the previous one.

CurrentThe center of the new track places landfall at Destin rather than Grayton Beach. However, areas from Pensacola to Panama City lie within the “cone of  uncertainty.”

Sustained winds remain at 65 mph with higher gusts through landfall, diminishing to 45 mph once over land.

Little change in strength is expected before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast and the NHC has determined Alberto will not grow into a tropical storm.

The 10 p.m. update stated “the window of opportunity for Alberto to become tropical has essentially closed” and little change in strength is anticipated before landfall.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles from the center of the storm.

Timing

The center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico toward the western Florida panhandle overnight and cross into the this area Monday afternoon, according to the NWS in Mobile.

Tropical-storm-force winds will likely impact coastal portions here later tonight into Monday.

Isolated tornadoes are possible across the western Florida panhandle later tonight into Monday night.

NWS Mobile and NHC forecast

 

 

 

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