Monday, 18 February, 2019

Latest advisory on Subtropical Storm Alberto; 7 a.m. CDT advisory

Tommy Whitlock left places a filled sand bag onto his trailer at a Harrison County Road Department sand bag location as Joseph Buckner adjusts the load while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico (Credit AP Latest advisory on Subtropical Storm Alberto; 7 a.m. CDT advisory
Theresa Hayes | 28 May, 2018, 19:24

As of 7 AM Monday, Alberto had wind speeds of 65 miles per hour and was moving northwest at 7 miles per hour.

In the meantime, it will be hot and humid the next few days, with drier, hotter air moving into Acadiana by the end of the week and the start of the weekend.

"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring".

The Florida Panhandle has been issued with a mandatory evacuation notice, affecting some 4,200 housing units, while Taylor County, to the east has a voluntary evacuation order in place for its coastal areas.

Temperatures then will sink from the mid-80s on Tuesday to the low-70s, with possible rain showers near the end of Wednesday. "We've had named storms only a week away from the start of hurricane season before".

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a state of emergency as the subtropical storm headed towards land. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said. The storm had top sustained winds of 85 km/h.

US National Weather Service (NWS ) on Sunday released warnings that people living along coastal regions in Florida, Alabama and MS should "take this storm seriously", as up to a foot of rain is expected to flood low lying areas alongside high winds over the popular holiday weekend.

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.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. "Tropical and subtropical storms are still life-threatening, especially due to water, but water-related deaths are preventable".

The one band of storms that moved through Volusia and Flagler counties Sunday morning delivered not quite a half inch of rain at Daytona Beach International Airport and anywhere from 1.3 to 1.5 inches of rainfall in parts of Flagler County, according to Skywarn spotters there.

According to the National Weather Service in State College, Alberto is expected to track nearly due north, arriving in MI by mid- to late-week.