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Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day

Alberto helping bring potentially flooding rain to the Triangle on Memorial Day

Forecasters cautioned that heavy rain and tropical storm conditions could reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of Alberto making landfall. Sustained winds could be up to 50 miles per hour by then.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Suwannee River in the Big Bend area of Florida to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

As of 5pm Sunday evening. subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida or around 120 miles south of the Florida panhandle.

A two- to four-foot storm surge or rise in water is still expected along the coast to the right/east of where Alberto makes landfall.

Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

The subtropical storm, the first named storm of the season, is expected to spread tropical storm conditions along the west coast of Florida Sunday.

A week before the official start to hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto has made its way through the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, bringing with it a blast of high winds and heavy rain.




The National Weather Service (NWS) said Sunday that tropical storm warnings cover the entire Florida Gulf Coast and inland portions of the Florida Panhandle as well as parts of coastal Alabama.

Residents in the western portion of the county can expect sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour-mainly along the USA 19 and Little Road corridors-beginning early this afternoon into the early overnight hours Monday. Ivey activated the state's emergency operations center while the Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams.

Subtropical storm Alberto's course shifted slightly westward as it approached the Gulf Coast on Sunday.

At 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 164 miles southwest of Tamp and moving north at 15 mph. An additional 1-4 inches of rain will be possible, which could result in minor flooding.

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of US natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said.

The storm spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season. Through Monday, it is expected to slowly migrate toward land, so the odds of rain with gusty winds will increase by Monday afternoon and evening. There is still a 30 percent chance of showers or a thunderstorm on Sunday, but we'll take the silver lining.


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