Subtropical Storm Alberto Expected To Make Landfall Monday
28 May, 2018, 17:13 | Author: Rosalie Gross
Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and risky conditions.
USA forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area.
In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for an area stretching from MS to North Carolina that is home to millions of people.
Franklin County, in the Florida Panhandle, has issued a mandatory evacuation for its barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico affecting some 4,200 housing units, while Taylor County, to the east, has a voluntary evacuation order in place for its coastal areas.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a declaration for all 67 counties in his state. Some mountain communities are already recommending evacuations from the most threatened areas. In Gulf County, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations Sunday morning.
A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida.
Alberto is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday, and the three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm have begun preparing states of emergency.
On Sunday, the chance of rain includes the entire day, but storms will again be more likely in the afternoon in evening.
With conditions expected to worsen overnight, officials were encouraging people planning to check out today to give themselves extra time. The dry weather is coming to an end. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin said, there's still a risk for swimmers.
The weather kept most people off the beach Sunday, but two people were rescued from the rough water, reported Captain Tammy Malphurs with Volusia Beach Safety and Ocean Rescue.
Waves as high as 18 feet were forecast for northern Gulf beaches. Only.13 inches had fallen at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport through 5 p.m. Saturday, but almost 6 inches has fallen so far this month, about three times the normal amount.
Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC. A flood watch remains in effect. The storm had top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (80 kph).
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