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article imageSubtropical Storm Alberto continues to lumber northward

By Karen Graham     May 27, 2018 in Environment
Miami - Subtropical Storm Alberto is continuing its trek northward off Florida’s Gulf Coast Sunday, bringing dreary conditions across Central Florida. Alberto is the year's first storm of the Atlantic Hurricane season that won't start until June 1.
The latest update from the National Hurricane Center puts Subtropical Storm Alberto about 185 miles (315 kilometers) west of Tampa, Florida and about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south-southwest of Apalachicola, Florida, moving to the north-northwest at 10 mph (17 kph).
While the storm has slowed a bit, the winds have managed to intensify, which wasn't expected. Alberto's maximum sustained winds are now 65 mph (100 kph) with higher gusts and the minimum central pressure reads 991 MB or 29.27 inches.
Tropical Storm warnings on the Gulf Coast have been called off south of the Anclote River, however, they are still in effect for the Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border. A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Crystal River to Navarre Florida.
Little if any strengthening is expected before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast. Steady weakening is expected after
landfall and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or early Tuesday.
While coastal areas may get from 3 to 6 inches of rain, the Florida panhandle into much of Alabama and western Georgia may see four to eight inches with isolated storm totals of 10 to 12 inches.
The rest of the Southeast and Tennessee Valley into the lower mid-Atlantic from Tennessee east through the Carolinas are expected to get two to six inches of rainfall. Isolated tornadoes are possible through tonight across the central and northern Florida peninsula.
As always, if you absolutely have to go out in the storm, be careful and pay attention to water flowing over roadways. It may be deeper than you think.
Just in case you want to have a reference - Here s the list of the Atlantic Hurricane names for 2018...
Just in case you want to have a reference - Here's the list of the Atlantic Hurricane names for 2018.
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