Alberto moves inland and heads north tonight and Tuesday

Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night.

"We are under this tropical-like influence and that is not going to really breakdown this pattern for at least the better part of this week, " said Al Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.

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

As Subtropical Storm Alberto barrels towards the Florida coast, Atlanta can expect to see heavy showers and the possibility for severe weather later Monday afternoon. Rain moving north off the Atlantic Ocean was expected to arrive in the Triangle about 11 a.m. on Memorial Day and continue on and off through the evening and overnight hours. The rain could lead to flash floods and mudslides on the island.

Isolated tornadoes were possible across the region on Sunday and Monday.

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until June 1. "Alberto might cause a couple hundred million in damage at worst when it does make landfall, and there is still flooding potential".

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A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River, the unofficial start of the Florida Panhandle, west to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

Western Cuba, the Florida Keys and southern Florida remain at risk of flooding and flash flooding Monday, the National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. ET update, with the risk moving north with the storm. "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast". A storm's winds need to reach 74 miles per hour to be called a hurricane.

Tuesday and Wednesday are also expected to have soggy conditions as NWS said Charlotte will be under a 70 to 80-percent chances of precipitation with thunderstorms expected. Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in coastal areas that are prone to flooding from the anticipated 2 to 4 feet of storm surge inundation, and Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for the entire peninsula Sunday in advance of the storm.

Forecasters also warned that the storm could drop 2 inches of rain in SC, up to 4 inches in isolated areas, and cause flooding.


  • Valerie Cook