Remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto could reach Upstate NY this week

Doug Carpenter
May 28, 2018

Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast were largely empty Sunday as a slowly intensifying storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approached.

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.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 300 mm of rain over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency, which gives him wide latitude to prepare. Only.13 inches had fallen at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport through 5 p.m. Saturday, but almost 6 inches has fallen so far this month, about three times the normal amount.

A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

A flash flood watch goes into effect Sunday night for portions of the Upstate, western North Carolina and north east Georgia as the storm moves into the Gulf. Because of expected deteriorating weather, the sandbag distribution points will not be open Sunday, the county said. Alberto will make landfall along the north central Gulf Coast Monday. "It has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, which is about 10 miles shy of being a hurricane".

Rain is considered the main threat here, with downpours possible through Sunday, then becoming more scattered.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

Alberto's top winds rose to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour early Sunday, up from 40 earlier, the National Hurricane Center said in a 11 a.m.

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

We'll see periods of rain and storms all day, but it's late in the day that could bring stronger storms.

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.

Rain falls on Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 early Sunday morning May 27, as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.

The rest of the Memorial Day holiday weekend is expected to be a soggy one.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article