Storm Alberto showing 'TROPICAL characteristics' as it is expected to make LANDFALL

Rodiano Bonacci
Mag 28, 2018

But Alberto's forecast path has been shifting eastward since Saturday.

Alberto is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday, and the three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm have begun preparing states of emergency.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was continued roiling toward parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and unsafe surf on Saturday. These storms may produce several inches of rain in a short period of time.

The National Hurricane Center warns that heavy rain and flooding is expected on the island of Cuba, as well as southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

Doody said while this storm may be an isolated case, weather in the Bay State this Memorial Day weekend will be cooler than normal and fairly cloudy, though he suggests that you might want to stay away from beaches.

Alberto is the first named storm in the Atlantic in 2018.

The center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

Authorities say conditions are especially unsafe with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans.

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.

Forecasters said Alberto still has the potential to bring significant rainfall and flash flooding to parts of southwest and south-central Alabama.

One to 2 inches of rain is expected through Tuesday, with some areas receiving up to 3 to 4 inches of rain.

"Western Florida and the Gulf Coast of Florida will be in line for some possible tropical storm conditions over the next couple days", said Moss. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast, the NHC said. Winds will have died down to about 11 miles per hour and there should be a high of 82 degrees during the day. Power outages, some tornadoes, flooding rain, and some coastal flooding from storm surge is still expected as far east as the Big Bend between the peninsula and the panhandle.

A flash flood watch is in effect for that corner of the state and covers Coffee, Dale, Henry, Houston and Geneva counties.

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