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New Orleans under a Tropical Storm Watch ahead of Alberto

New Orleans under a Tropical Storm Watch ahead of Alberto New Orleans under a Tropical Storm Watch ahead of Alberto
Theresa Hayes | 26 May, 2018, 02:59

Tropical Storm Alberto is forming over the Gulf of Mexico that could bring rain, but forecasters are mixed on what impact it will bring to Sebastian, Fellsmere, and Vero Beach.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that this will be an active hurricane season, with perhaps 10 to 16 named storms and five to nine hurricanes.

According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida, the area will receive between three and six inches of rain through Tuesday.

The hurricane season for the Atlantic officially begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

Heaviest rains and highest winds with this system will likely be in the eastern half of the storm and close to where the core makes landfall. "Extreme" flood watches have already been issued beginning Saturday for counties from Mobile to Okaloosa.

"However, once over water, it should develop into an organised tropical or subtropical storm system during the weekend".

"Heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern Untied States later this weekend and continue into early next week", the NHC said in its 4 p.m. advisory.

New Orleans under a Tropical Storm Watch ahead of Alberto

Flooding potential will increase across the southeast early next week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland. Tampa Bay, he said, might see a foot or two of storm surge but not much wind.

Hurricane forecasters analyze a combination of short and long-term climate trends, along with sophisticated computer models when making their predictions for a hurricane season.

Another considerable hazard is rip currents.

"It's not a very strong system", she said. In Panama City, hotel owner Julie Hilton told the Associated Press that she's had several cancellations because of the weather. Wind gusts and rough seas are also expected to increase on Saturday, with possible tornadoes over the weekend.

It's still unknown how big Alberto could get - some forecasting models show it hovering around as a tropical depression with heavy rains, while others show its wind speeds growing all the way to hurricane force. They told WALB-TV that farmers are anxious about already-soaked young plants.

Only 65 percent of the 2018 Georgia peanut crop has been planted.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said the state is preparing. "So we are getting some cases of yellow peanuts just not growing".