Beaches filling up despite possible rain latter half of holiday weekend

by Abel Hampton May 27, 2018, 0:21
Beaches filling up despite possible rain latter half of holiday weekend

Subtropical Storm Alberto continues moving slowly through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening to bring heavy rainfall, storm surges, high winds and flash floods to the U.S. Gulf Coast this holiday weekend.

Declaring state of emergencies allows state governors like Scott to ensure that state and local governments have plenty of time and resources to prepare for storms like these. The six-month hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1.

The National Hurricane Center said a disturbance still over water in the western Caribbean had a 70 percent chance of becoming a subtropical or tropical system by Memorial Day, and rain is forecast to continue even if it doesn't.

According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm watches are now in affect for parts of Mexico and Cuba.

As of 10 a.m. CDT Saturday Alberto was located about 20 miles south of the western tip of Cuba and was moving north at 10 mph. Tropical storm impacts will be felt by Sunday morning for the Gulf Coast States and Alberto should be close to land by Monday. Royal Dutch Shell plc and Exxon Mobil had evacuated some personnel from offshore Gulf oil facilities on Friday.

As of late Friday afternoon, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season was centered about 85 miles (135 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

In Central Florida, a Flood Watch has been issued through the Memorial Day weekend by the National Weather Service in Melbourne. Possibly tropical-storm-force wind depending on system's track.

"Environmental conditions are forecast to steadily become more conducive for development, and a subtropical or tropical depression or storm is likely to form by Saturday over the northwestern Caribbean Sea or the southeastern Gulf of Mexico", NHC Forecaster Stacy Stewart said.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the west coast of Florida, from Boca Grande to the Anclote River, an area that include Manatee, Sarasota and the rest of the Tampa Bay region. The National Hurricane Center now puts the chance for development at 70 percent. Some areas will see up to 12 inches or more.

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