Alberto sending heavy rain our way this weekend

Alberto sending heavy rain our way this weekend

Alberto sending heavy rain our way this weekend

Advisories and watches related to Alberto include a Tropical Storm Watch for coastal and offshore waters near Franklin County, and then for the coastline from Indian Pass west through the Emerald Coast and beyond.

Tropical moisture will surge northward late this week and into the Memorial Day weekend, contributing to heavy rainfall along parts of the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast, as we also watch the Gulf of Mexico for possible subtropical or tropical development.

And Alberto could get a bit stronger before landfall, though it is not expected to become a hurricane.

Scott made the announcement on Saturday morning.

Alberto was moving north-northeast at 7 miles per hour on Saturday morning with winds now at 40 miles per hour.

The hurricane center said Alberto could pick up speed later today and enter the Gulf tonight.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was continued roiling toward parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and unsafe surf on Saturday.

People living and vacationing in Alabama and Florida will bear the brunt of the storm on its current forecast. Tropical storm-force winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 140 miles - mainly to the east of the center.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

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The storm is expected to move North slowly from its location near Cuba Saturday into the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters were also very concerned about the rainfall potential with Alberto.

In Southern Alabama, Mississippi and the western Florida panhandle there could be as much as one foot of rain.

Manatee County and most of the rest of the Gulf Coast are under a tropical storm watch as subtropical storm Alberto takes aim for the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters in Alabama were getting prepared for a "multitude of impacts" from Alberto starting this weekend.

Hotel owner Julie Hilton in Panama City Beach told the Panama City News Herald that her family's five hotels are normally full on Memorial Day weekend.

All counties in southwest and west-central Florida, including Polk County, remain under a Flood Watch from the National Weather Service. "Any shift to the right and those totals could go down", National Weather Service meteorologist Christopher Bannan said.

Saturday and Sunday look wet at times, but there should be some intervals of sun...especially on Saturday.

Flooding is the main risk across Georgia, but there remains a small threat for severe storms, mainly in the form of spin up tornadoes.

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