Alberto to bring rain to the area

Dark clouds approach Friday near Fort Lauderdale where a state of emergency is in effect due to Subtropical Storm Alberto which could bring rain to Upstate New York

Dark clouds approach Friday near Fort Lauderdale where a state of emergency is in effect due to Subtropical Storm Alberto which could bring rain to Upstate New York

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Suwannee River in the Big Bend area of Florida to the Mississippi/Alabama border. "Tropical and subtropical storms are still life-threatening, especially due to water, but water-related deaths are preventable".

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Alberto comes during the Memorial Day weekend, and is expected to affect travel on Monday, when many people will return from their holidays.

Heavy rain and tropical storm conditions are likely to reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of the large storm system.

After that, it will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said.

At 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 330 miles (530 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).

Skies will be partly cloudy Tuesday night, with a low around 53.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.


Wind gusts up to 39 miles per hour were reported Sunday at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville.

The estimated minimum central pressure from reconnaissance aircraft data is 991 mb (29.26 inches).

The storm is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across the western Cuba.

About 400 customers along Florida's Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management. Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 7 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida.

"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring", Scott said.

Flash flooding is the number one storm-related killer in the United States.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions will spread across the warning area throughout the day.

Those who wish to fearless the conditions and head to the beach should be extra cautious as strong breezes will produce above-normal tides waves ranging from 2 to 4 feet producing risky rip currents through midweek, forecasters said. Officials say the tide along the coast is about two feet higher than normal because of all the rainfall over the past week.

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