First Named Storm of Hurricane Season to Drench US Gulf Coast

by Edgar Hayes May 29, 2018, 1:51
First Named Storm of Hurricane Season to Drench US Gulf Coast

Alberto was moving slowly up the Gulf coast, traveling at 8 miles per hour, up from 6 miles per hour at the 8 a.m. advisory.

Numerous northern Florida panhandle's beaches were empty of the crowds typical for Memorial Day. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned because of high surf and risky conditions.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for an area stretching from the Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.

The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

"This rain is going to start to pick up in intensity for our southern counties, but it could be this afternoon before it gets heavy around the Triangle", said Gardner. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides.

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Nearly 140 damaging storm reports, including eight tornadoes, were made Sunday from the Midwest into the Rockies, where damage was reported to homes in Wyoming. Tropical storm warnings were up for parts of the Panhandle and the Alabama coast.

As we head into the middle parts of this week, remnants of subtropical storm Alberto will impact our area. Overall it will be a drier day for all of CNY as a whole compared to Sunday. Timing so far seems to be around 12-1PM Monday.

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. But he says a lot of people braved the weather and showed up anyway. Warnings about storm surges and high surf were aired along the coast on either side of Apalachicola on Monday.

Though the center of the storm is expected to pass west of our local area, North Florida and South Georgia will still have to deal with some rain.

David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said: "Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105km per hour), which is about 10 miles (16km) shy of being a hurricane". But the storm still poses a considerable threat to the Florida Panhandle as it is predicted to move ashore there on Monday. The most intense rain and thunderstorm activity with the storm is located directly north of the center.

Tracey Gasper and her 6-year-old son, Chase, traveled to Biloxi Beach from Donaldsonville, La., for a day of fun in the sun with a group of friends from Baton Rouge.


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