Subtropical Storm Alberto latest: Landfall pushed back, storm track shifts slightly east

Subtropical Storm Alberto has begun moving north toward the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to a 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is bringing gusty winds and heavy rains over Florida this Sunday morning, and a new Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast of Florida. A storm surge watch is in effect for coastal Citrus and Levy counties.

Beaches in Florida were largely empty ahead of Memorial Day as a slowly intensifying storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approached the U.S. Gulf Coast on Sunday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement that all 67 Florida counties were issued were issued an emergency notice to allow local governments enough time to prepare.

At the moment its growth is being hindered by strong winds in the upper atmosphere, but as the storm tracks northwards these winds are expected to ease, allowing the storm to complete its transition into a fully tropical system.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

On the current track most of the heavy rain and flooding will stay east of our viewing area.

The National Weather Service said rainfall amounts of 5 to 6 inches are expected in areas of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama, up until Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center has taken Louisiana out of the cone of where they believe Subtropical Storm Alberto will make landfall. However with the recent pressure drop of Alberto we can expect to see more storms fire up during the early morning hours but I suspect the heaviest rain will be after Sunrise on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the entire Gulf Coast.

Flash flood watches have been posted for much of Florida, and along the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southwest Georgia. Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or Tuesday.

In the Florida Keys and the rest of South Florida, Alberto is expected to drop an additional three to six inches, with isolated storm totals of 10 inches, on Sunday, the hurricane center said.

Storm Surge: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Flash flooding and even tornadoes are possible due to the storms hitting Florida from Alberto.

  • Joey Payne