Storm in the US

Storm in the US

Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression Monday night or Tuesday.

Forecasters are expecting the strongest winds, which could be from 20-25 miles per hour with higher gusts, to be confined to areas along and south of I-85 on Monday night.

The National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Fla., which covers southeast Alabama, said heavy rain and flooding will be the main concerns as Alberto closes in.

About 130 to 250 millimetres of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

A tornado "or two" may occur over the Florida Keys and parts of southwestern Florida later Saturday afternoon or evening.

The threat for scattered storms continues on Memorial Day, with southern Virginia seeing a higher chance for rain.

Double red flags mean the water is closed to the public.

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

"We expect heavier rain tomorrow throughout the day", said Chris Fisher, a metereologist for the Miami office of the National Weather Service.

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Live video from webcams posted in Clearwater and Destin showed half-empty beaches, and whitecaps roiled the normally placid Gulf waters.

Several counties along the coast remain under a tropical storm warning, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando. However, the moisture associated with it will create widespread showers and storms through the middle of next week.

"It's not really without precedent", Doody said. Timing so far seems to be around 12-1PM Monday.

According to WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss, the storm will stay away from North Carolina in terms of direct impacts, bringing possible heavy showers and thunderstorms to the state on Monday and Tuesday.

News4 will be highlighting the potential for flooding as we head into next week.

The weather service has also put in place a high rip current risk as well as a high surf warning. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC.

"The chance of Alberto reaching hurricane strength is low", he said.


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