Alberto forms, puts Florida under flood watch

Posted May 27, 2018

Mississippi's governor joined Florida's in declaring a state of emergency ahead of a subtropical storm's hitting the Gulf Coast. Scott says this morning's declaration was "to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need".

Hurricane season officially starts on June 1.

The New Orleans area should be prepared for heavy rain over the weekend and through the middle of next week as Subtropical Storm Alberto meanders northward through the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall somewhere along the coast. A tropical storm watch also is in place along the Florida panhandle coast eastward to the Aucilla River, according to the Hurricane Center.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is forecast to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Monday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the watch area late Monday or Monday night".

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle. Royal Dutch Shell plc and Exxon Mobil had evacuated some personnel from offshore Gulf oil facilities on Friday.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the western end of the Caribbean.

As much as 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain is possible in south Florida, where some areas had more than 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain last weekend. However, I caution that we are still under a tropical storm and storm surge watch meaning tropical storm force winds and coastal flooding are still possible.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of southeast Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center this morning upgraded the chances of a broad swath of storms off Central America morphing into a full-blown depression by this weekend all the way up to 80 percent.

The NHC predicted 10 inches to 15 inches of rain with isolated totals of 25 inches in the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba.

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