Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

May 27, 2018, 00:21
Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

It is on track to intensify as it continues north-northeast before turning north-northwest by tomorrow. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

Alberto was still a minimal tropical storm as of Saturday with winds of 40 miles per hour. The storm was moving north-northeast at 6 miles per hour (9 kph).

Tropical Storm Watches will continue for parts of the Yucatan, western Cuba and the northern Gulf coast.

Tropical storm watches are also in effect for parts of Mexico and Cuba.

The system developed Friday morning near the northwestern Caribbean Sea. The tropical storm may bring some rain to our area, but very minimal.

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There is a high risk of rip currents in place this weekend as well as high surf and coastal flooding advisories.

Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The storm could make landfall near the Mississippi, Alabama border late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to a projected path and time-line created by The National Hurricane Center.

"Alberto is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across the northeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba", the National Hurricane Center said.

For our area, Alberto has the potential to be a fairly significant rain event with the possibility of 4 to 6 inches of rain, while the northern Gulf Coast, from the Apalachicola area to New Orleans, is under a Tropical Storm Watch.

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For Central Florida, the biggest threat will be heavy rainfall.

US National Hurricane Centre said the storm now has winds of 40mph (65kph), but this is expected to rise significantly.

"Swells from Alberto will create unsafe surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said. Forecasters said rain would become more widespread and heavier as the area moves northward toward land.

Alberto will likely be the second time Mayor LaToya Cantrell's administration will be tested by severe weather in its first three weeks in office.

Alberto became the year's first named storm on Friday, though the official start of hurricane season isn't until June 1.

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