Alberto remains disorganized, tropical storm watches continue

Alberto remains disorganized, tropical storm watches continue

Alberto remains disorganized, tropical storm watches continue

Meteorologists say Alberto is now packing sustained winds near 40 miles per hour but strengthening is expected as it moves through warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

He said the National Weather Service says there is a 10 percent chance the surge will reach 4 feet above high tide.

The storm was forecast to come closest to South Florida late Saturday night and early Sunday morning - although it will remain well out in the Gulf of Mexico.

The good news is Alberto is going to be a very small storm with the heaviest rains and winds located only 30-50 miles on either side of the center of the storm. Cuba maintained its tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio, while Mexico cancelled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. Subtropical Storm Alberto, our first of the year, is making it's way into the Gulf of Mexico right now.

Governor Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 27, 2018, for several Alabama counties in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

According to Rogers, Sunday should continue the same pattern with showers and thunderstorms throughout the day and potentially into Monday, and then rain more closely associated to Alberto will make their way to dampen Memorial Day.

The official start of hurricane season isn't until June 1.

Eddy Warner loads sand bags as he waits for family members to assist and tie off and load the bags into his vehicle while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf

After meandering on Friday, Alberto gained some strength on Saturday and forecasters said it could transition from subtropical to full tropical status - a change dictated by the system's structure and the factors influencing its power.

The forecast track of Subtropical Storm Alberto has shifted farther east, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday night. Southern Mississippi will have a better chance of seeing heavy rain, but the heaviest amounts should be east of the area.

The NHC predicted 10 inches to 15 inches of rain with isolated totals of 25 inches in western Cuba.

Rip Currents: Moderate risk today and high risk Sunday and Monday as onshore winds and seas increase. It will head for the WKRG News 5 area, for a likely landfall Monday somewhere from the MS coast to the Florida Panhandle, as a strong Tropical Storm. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

The weather service said storm surge could become an issue as soon as this evening and last into Tuesday.

Last year, hurricanes tore through the U.S., with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria causing major damage in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana.

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