The gloomy weather that put a damper on outdoor activities over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to last several more days in SC as Tropical Storm Alberto moves from the Gulf of Mexico toward the Midwest.
Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially begins on June 1. But this is nature. The storm was moving north at about 6 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds measured at about 65 miles per hour.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continues to churn north through the Gulf of Mexico.
A storm surge watch remains in effect for much of northern Florida, from the Suwannee to Navarre in the Panhandle.
AL.com reported that double red flags are flying at beaches in Panama City and other areas, which means there are life-threatening rip currents.
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR
At 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 220 kilometres west of Tampa, Fla., and moving north at 20 km/h. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?" Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 of Florida's counties on Sunday and the office of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement announcing that he had authorized the use of the national guard.
Heavy rains were expected across Florida and in parts of Alabama and Georgia. There is also a small threat for stronger storms during the day Tuesday.
"We need to really be careful with that rainfall", Graham added, noting that the storm was moving slowly at some 14 miles per hour northwards. "Alberto might cause a couple hundred million in damage at worst when it does make landfall, and there is still flooding potential". That was because the wind field east of the storms center was so wide, Austin said. "Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida".
However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said. Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide.
After landfall, the system is forecast to move well inland into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region on Wednesday and Thursday.
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