Heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto to continue through Monday

Heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto to continue through Monday

A tropical storm watch has been issued for metro New Orleans, the National Weather Service announced Friday afternoon, as Subtropical Storm Al...

Between Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern US and Maria in Puerto Rico, a year ago was one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, said The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Saturday could be the best day for a beach visit on Hilton Head Island this Memorial Day weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea. On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is expected to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Sunday night, and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday. A gradual strengthening was expected through the Monday as it moves north. Rainfall totals are forecast to reach 2 to 4 inches across most of the region with isolated amounts of 5 to 6 inches.

Alberto is holding steady with max winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving to the north at 13 miles per hour.

Because of it's poor organization and some cooler temperatures in the upper levels of the atmosphere, Alberto has been designated a subtropical storm. The strongest winds will arrive between Monday and Tuesday morning as the center of the storm makes landfall on the northern Gulf Coast. This includes the western Florida Panhandle, the Alabama and MS coastline and metro New Orleans.

Florida and MS on Saturday declared states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves north toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, threatening to bring heavy rainfall and flooding by Monday.

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FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Scattered thunderstorms well away from Alberto are possible in the afternoons.

Instead Alberto could be a stronger tropical storm near the time of landfall with sustained winds up to 60 miles per hour. "There could be some possible high surf with hazardous high risk of rip currents along the beaches".

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.

The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season made its debut before the season officially began.

Hurricane season doesn't formally start until June 1.

The official forecast calls for 60 percent to 80 percent chance of rain each day in Alachua and Marion counties through at least Wednesday.

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