Threat of flash floods in USA following storm Alberto

Threat of flash floods in USA following storm Alberto

Threat of flash floods in USA following storm Alberto

Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, heading toward expected landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast.

Mark Bowen, 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.

The storm's center is expected to move over Alabama on Monday night and Tuesday, the NHC said.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the depression was centered at 11 p.m. Monday about 50 miles west-northwest of Dothan, Alabama. But forecasters said flash flooding from heavy rain was the biggest risk in many areas.

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The Hurricane Center says a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

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This system is considered subtropical, because the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall is far from the center of the storm. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

Rough conditions were whipping up big waves off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast, and authorities warned swimmers to stay out of the surf because of life-threatening swells and rip currents. There will also be a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, forecasters wrote.

Alberto is expected to drop 2 to 6 inches of rain through Thursday across much of the Southeast, with 12 inches possible in isolated areas. The evacuations affect about 4,200 homes. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

As of Tuesday, just three days before the official start of hurricane season, no other storms were brewing in the Gulf or the Atlantic maps from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed.

Alberto made a Memorial Day landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla, just west of Panama City, andofficials warned of risky conditions even though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour.

After the exceptionally destructive season last year, forecasters said last week that the possibility of a weak El Niño, along with near-average sea surface temperatures, suggest that this year's hurricane season will be normal or only slightly more active than average.

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