January 20, 2019

Tropical storm warning issued for part of Tampa Bay area

27 May 2018, 08:58 | Dale Webster

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His Mississippi counterpart, Phil Bryant, also declared a state of emergency. The storm is about 95 miles east-southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.

Alberto's movement was expected to accelerate Saturday night.

Each list has 21 names, leaving out Q, U, X, Y and Z. If there are more than 21 named storms, the rest will be indicated by Greek letters.

Saturation from previous rain on the Gulf Coast has created a danger of falling trees with the upcoming wind. The strongest winds will arrive between Monday and Tuesday morning as the center of the storm makes landfall on the northern Gulf Coast.

Alberto will likely come ashore, potentially as a tropical storm, somewhere along the Gulf Coast late Monday into early Tuesday. Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.

The good news is Alberto is going to be a very small storm with the heaviest rains and winds located only 30-50 miles on either side of the center of the storm.

The current forecast has five to 10 inches of rain hitting eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western portion of Florida's panhandle.

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The storm is loose and disorganized on Saturday morning.

The National Weather service here in Melbourne has issued a Flood Watch for Brevard County through 8:00 p.m. Monday. Widespread rainfall of 3 to 6 inches is expected through the next several days due to tropical rain showers from Alberto. Locally HIGHER amounts are possible. A tropical storm watch also is in place along the Florida panhandle coast eastward to the Aucilla River, according to the Hurricane Center. Water could reach up to 4 feet above ground in some areas if the peak surge occurs during high tide, the agency said on Facebook.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area and time frame described.

Cedar Key, an island city off the northwest coast at Florida's big bend, is an area of particular concern at this time, Graham said.

Already bands of heavy rainfall are soaking Western Cuba and South Florida. The rain is expected to intensify into Sunday and continue into Memorial Day.

With Alberto's quicker move to the north, more typical summertime weather should return to South Florida by midweek. Swelling riverbanks, tornadoes and localized flooding are possible.

The newest track from the National Hurricane Service calls for Alberto to move north-northeastward and strengthen over the next 24 hours.

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