Alberto approaches Panhandle, as more rain expected in Central Florida

29 May, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels
  • Alberto is predicted to move northward at a faster rate after making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Monday

Alberto has maximum sustained winds of near 65mph and those speeds are expected before the storm makes landfall.

After Monday, a warm and humid week is in store for the Harrisburg area, with the occasional chance of rain and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service at State College.

Subtropical Storm Alberto continues spinning out at sea, but this tropical system's outer rainbands have been impacting Middle Georgia since Sunday afternoon.

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken May 26 shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the National Hurricane Center said. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.

A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and risky conditions.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle.

A Tropical Storm Warming is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Mississippi-Alabama border. High tides will occur this afternoon and very early Monday morning.

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Centre said on Sunday.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto bearing down on Florida's coastline Sunday.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations. A faster northward to northwestward motion is expected over the new few days. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers. She said, "strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside.

After the near 90 on Tuesday, we see a slight dip in the temperatures and level out some as well, but it will still be pretty hot and muggy.

Franklin County, in the Florida Panhandle, has issued a mandatory evacuation for its barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico affecting some 4,200 housing units, while Taylor County, to the east, has a voluntary evacuation order in place for its coastal areas. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

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Flash flood watches have been posted for much of Florida, and along the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southwest Georgia.

Stick with WCNC.com for the latest forecast.

Locally, the highest winds were reported at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport, with 35 mph wind gusts for several hours and sustained winds of 20-21 mph.

Hurricane season doesn't formally start until June 1. The season is likely to be "near or above normal," according to the NHC.

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