Cruise Lines Monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto in Gulf of Mexico

CTSY Associated Press

Storm Alberto is now 120 miles south of Apalachicola, in Florida, and is due to make landfall along the Panhandle part of the state at about 4pm (8pm BST) today, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

Tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued for parts of the MS coast all the way to the western Gulf Coast of Florida.

Residents can expect gusty wind near the coast, isolated tornados and localized flooding from heavy rainfall, the advisory says. Rainfall between 5 and 10 inches is likely from eastern Louisiana to western Florida, with some coastal areas predicted to receive up to 15 inches.

Other cruise lines which have ships in the area have not yet announced any itinerary changes but of course, will be making sure their ships are not affected by Subtropical Storm Alberto. A storm's winds need to reach 74 miles per hour to be called a hurricane.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause risky rip currents.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to hit the panhandle of Florida Monday afternoon while bringing the threat for heavy rain, gusty winds, and unsafe storm surge for those areas.

A State of Emergency is in effect for 40 counties in our state, primarily in South Alabama, in response to the threat from Alberto.




Otherwise continued windy with spotty tropical downpours Sunday night, then the chance of periods of heavy rain increases Monday afternoon.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will cross the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico today and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area tonight or Monday".

The Taylor County Board of County Commissioners signed a local state of emergency Sunday morning for Subtropical Storm Alberto. Winds are forecast to reach 60 mph 12 hours and it should be over land in the Florida Panhandle in 24 hours.

"Swells from Alberto will create risky surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast", the National Weather Service said.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations.

TORNADOES: A couple of brief tornadoes are possible on Monday across much of Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, and southeastern Alabama. The season is likely to be "near or above normal," according to the hurricane center. Heavier bands of rain and the potential for a few severe storms on Wednesday is also possible.

Please be prepared for possible areas of flooding and loss of electricity.

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