Alberto bringing heavy rain to area this Memorial Day

It's also worth pointing out that extremely heavy rain continues to fall over Cuba from a trailing moisture plume ... this is the fifth consecutive day.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides.

Thousands have been evacuated from the northern Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida as it braces for subtropical storm Alberto. "There's not going to be a lot of grilling or boating going on - it's going to be messy".

Minor power outages were reported in north Florida, and the state's emergency response team started closing shelters yesterday, citing a lack of need.

The NHC warned the storm would dump rains of 2-6 inches (6-15 cm), with up to 12 inches over north Florida and Alabama through Tuesday night. Therefore, scattered to numerous rain and storms are still expected.

Alberto made a Memorial Day landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla, just west of Panama City, andofficials warned of unsafe conditions even though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour. It is expected to proceed northeast, drenching much of Georgia, Alabama and SC in inches of rain.

According to Gardner, the rain will come in bands Monday, picking up in intensity with some heavy downpours before slowing down.

Tuesday was the 5th straight day with a high of 85° or warmer.

What's left of Alberto, a very weak broad area of low pressure will get pushed overhead on Friday by a cold front moving in Canada and the Great Lakes. This could cause flooding and flash flooding, it stated. In some cases, rainfall could top 10 inches in pockets across the state.

Janet Rhumes and her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Wake, Chatham, Nash and Johnston counties and points south through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Isolated deluges of 30 centimetres also are possible.

This system is considered subtropical, because the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall is far from the center of the storm.

TVA is already spilling water through its dams downstream of Chattanooga at Nickajack, Guntersville, Pickwick and Kentucky dams and could begin spilling at the Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga and the Watts Bar dam near Spring City, Wednesday or Thursday with even more rain forecast for the region.

  • Joe Gonzales