Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto to continue through Monday

Heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto to continue through Monday

Slowly strengthening Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause more than $1 billion in economic losses to the U.S. Gulf Coast as it tracks north, bringing a growing threat of floods, but it's had little impact on offshore energy production.

Storm Alberto lashed the western Cuban region of Artemisa on Sunday (May 27), swelling a nearby river and dumping up to 12 cm of rain in less than eight hours.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the storm was about 105 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba or about 150 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas, according to the National Hurricane Center. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night.

Mr Burke said: "This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle".

U.S. 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. If we see a bit over an inch of rain before the end of the month, we will crack into the top ten of wettest months ever. The risk for rip currents will also remain high at area beaches for several days, and water enthusiasts are encouraged to use caution or check with local authorities before entering the water. According to the paper, politicians at the time downplayed the storm's severity to keep tourists flocking to Florida as a vacation spot.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border all the way through to Bonita Beach, Florida. Swelling riverbanks, tornadoes and localized flooding are possible. It had maxium sustained winds of 65 miles per hour early Monday and can create risky waves for people not in its path.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

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

Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, heading toward expected landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.

The center also has discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula.

Heavy rain has already fallen in southern states, and flood and flash-flood watches span the region, reaching as far north as North Carolina and Tennessee, the National Weather Service said. Meteorologists are calling it a "subtropical storm", not to be confused with the just plain tropical storms we know and dread.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean hurricane season will be as busy as last year's though.

"There are no strong climate signals saying it's going to be extremely active, like a year ago, or extremely weak", said Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, speaker with reporters Thursday.

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