USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

29 May, 2018, 01:20 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 kph), Alberto was moving north at 9 miles per hour (14 kph).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 994 mb.

"Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and South Florida [Sunday]", the National Hurricane Center warned. Onshore areas along the coast also account for about 45 percent of US refining capacity and 51 percent of gas processing. Warnings about storm surges and high surf were aired along the coast on either side of Apalachicola on Monday.

US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season

On Saturday, temperatures reached 93 degrees at KCI, breaking the old record of 92 degrees set in 1985, according to the Weather Service. However, once Alberto's center heads inland - deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems - the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

In Florida, some beaches have been closed and low-lying areas evacuated.

Alberto is moving north at 9 miles per hour. The barometric pressure was 991mb.

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Alberto's high winds also led to concerns over the threat of storm surge and risky rip currents from the coasts of Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. No significant changes in strength were expected. With a tropical storm, the maximum winds and strongest thunderstorms sit close to the center of the storm.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said Alberto's biggest threat would be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches of rain in some areas.

Isolated tornadoes were possible across the region on Sunday and Monday. A tropical storm warning was in effect from the Suwannee River to the Alabama/Florida border. A flash flood watch is also in effect. As the center of Alberto pulls north and slightly west, the tail is forecast to swing toward South Florida. "We're doing our best to get that message out".

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The governors of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama have declared states of emergencies ahead of the subtropical storm hitting land. A subtropical storm means the center of circulation is exposed and the rain and thunderstorms are pushed away from the center.

The forecast calls for a 50 percent chance of rain today, with rain more likely in the afternoon. Six people were rescued from strong currents created by Alberto near southern Alabama's Orange Beach, near Pensacola, early Sunday, according to WPMI. The former Californian and now Gulf Breeze resident said she's used to bigger waves and made sure to take precautions that included using her board leash. "I thought, 'Hmm. I'm gonna do what I can out here'".

The weather service lists the rain chances as 100 percent Tuesday and 80 percent Tuesday night. A faster northward to northwestward motion is expected over the new few days.

But most other energy companies are leaving offshore crews in place while they watch 2018's first Atlantic storm.

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