Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

South Florida braces for flooding ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

South Florida braces for flooding ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto will likely come ashore, potentially as a tropical storm, somewhere along the Gulf Coast late Monday into early Tuesday.

The storm's sustained winds are expected to intensify to 65 miles per hour over the next three days, as it approaches the northern Gulf coast. As the storm approaches, rescues and assistance by the Coast Guard and other agencies may be downgraded, the release announced. "Rainfall totals of 5 to 10 inches with maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible along the track of Alberto from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle".

A tropical storm watch has been issued for metro New Orleans, the National Weather Service announced Friday afternoon, as Subtropical Storm Al...

The system developed Friday morning near the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Rip currents will also be a problem as wave action will start to pick up over the weekend. It will likely be a strong tropical storm or possibly a minimal hurricane at that time, as it taps into the warmer Gulf waters.

But the heavy rain that will accompany Alberto could test the metro area's drainage systems for the second time in about a week. The hurricane center said gradual strengthening will be possible until landfall. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches. The weather service noted that heavy rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. With the ground saturated already from the 4-7 inches of rain we have seen over the past 6 days, additional rain has no where to go except the roadways. And now, a tropical depression might just roll over the peninsula for the holiday weekend.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean it will be a busier-than-usual hurricane season though.

"Swells from Alberto will create risky surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said. It's not until mid-week that the rain chance dips to 40 percent, which is more typical for South Florida's rainy season.

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