Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Tropical storm warning posted for Sarasota, Manatee

Tropical storm warning posted for Sarasota, Manatee

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

Several states, including Florida, Alabama, and MS went into pre-emptive states of emergency on Sunday, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Alabama-Florida border.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night.

Forecasters had feared the storm could bring unsafe high water to southern coastal states and possible tornadoes.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of rain in some areas.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has arrived at Orange Beach, Alabama. Eventually the upper low will act to pull Alberto back to the North-northwest later Sunday.

Flash flooding could take place in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas through Tuesday morning, according to forecasts.

The latest advisory now has Alberto with winds of 35 miles per hour.

"I'm doing this because every time we have a hard rain, it floods at my house", resident Tommy Whitlock told the Associated Press.

Alberto was moving north at 9 miles per hour and will continue to weaken as it moves north into Alabama then into the Tennessee Valley, where it's expected to pour heavy rain across that area throughout the rest of week.

It's been a rainy month because the area had a later Spring than usual with temperatures not warming up until this month, Mott said.

Alberto has been a subtropical storm since its formation because it lacked the warm core that forms the core of tropical storms.

Steady weakening of the storm is forecast as it moves inland. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record.

After Alberto is long gone, we still hang on to rain and thunderstorm chances through the end of the week, but chances will be in the scattered category instead of the likely rain we'll see to start the week.

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