Alberto, year's first named Atlantic storm, makes Florida landfall

Alberto

As Subtropical Storm Alberto barrels towards the Florida coast, Atlanta can expect to see heavy showers and the possibility for severe weather later Monday afternoon.

Alberto's top winds rose to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour early Sunday, up from 40 earlier, the National Hurricane Center said in a 11 a.m.

In addition to parts of the southeastern USA, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said.

"From an economic standpoint most of the damage is already done, probably $600 or $700 million worth of lost economic activity due to rain, warnings and preparations", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia. However, once Alberto is inland and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

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

This five-day outlook shows the likely path subtropical depression Alberto will take north across the United States. The NOAA added that there is a 75% chance that the 2018 season will see near or more than the average number of storms in the basin.

Alberto also disrupted Memorial Day plans in Alabama, Florida and MS as it moved into the Southeast. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend. Isolated, spin-up tornadoes will still be possible as through Tuesday as well.

The storm forced some Memorial Day tributes to be cancelled across Florida's Panhandle.

"My boyfriend and I usually try to go to the store and stock up on lots of bottled water, and get like canned goods and things that won't go bad if our power goes out", she said.

The National Weather Service said 2 to 6 inches of rain are expected in the rest of the Southeast and the Tennessee Valley into the lower mid-Atlantic from Tennessee east through the Carolinas.

Any storm activity should dissipate after sunset while lingering scattered to numerous showers will remain possible as Alberto begins its inland track to the north.

"The winds at landfall were 45 miles per hour, making it a low-end tropical storm".

Elsewhere, officials in Howard County in Maryland said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday. It is forecast to make a faster northern path in the coming days. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record.

Related:

  • Apple releases iOS 11.4 - All the details

    Apple releases iOS 11.4 - All the details

    This means that you'll be able to view, setup and control AirPlay 2 speakers, including the HomePod , using Apple's iOS Home app. Announced last June, Apple's Messages iCloud feature was delayed with the release of iOS 11 in the fall of 2017.
    Canadian government to buy pipeline project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5bn

    Canadian government to buy pipeline project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5bn

    A lack of capacity in pipelines or in rail cars to ship oil produced in Alberta is also hurting Canada's energy sector. Any money put toward construction would be converted into an equity stake in the federal project, she said.

    LeBron James isn't the only one involved in eight consecutive NBA Finals

    The Golden State Warriors, so used to making things look easy, overcame one of their toughest tests to return to the NBA Finals . When James won his first championship and faced Durant in the finals for the first time in 2012, his team was a +155 underdog.
  • Man Who Saved Toddler Hanging From Balcony Awarded Citizenship

    Man Who Saved Toddler Hanging From Balcony Awarded Citizenship

    After meeting the 22-year-old at the Elysee Palace, French President Emmanuel Macron described the rescue as an "exceptional act". The boy's mother was not home either, Molins said, because she was visiting France's Reunion, an island in the Indian Ocean.

    Serena Williams rocks a bodysuit in return to major championship tennis

    WIlliams missed the subsequent three Grand Slams in 2017 due to her pregnancy, seeing her WTA ranking drop to 453rd in the world. Sharapova was given a tough challenge by Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp but eventually prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
    United States  news sites block European Union  readers due to GDPR

    United States news sites block European Union readers due to GDPR

    Other sites are using banners that pop-up like an advertisement the first time you visit the website after a policy change. They target Google in France, Instagram in Belgium, WhatsApp in Germany and Facebook in his native Austria.
  • Tom Cairney clinches Fulham promotion to Premier League

    Tom Cairney clinches Fulham promotion to Premier League

    Now to be back there and to get a change again to prove ourselves against some of the best in the world, there's nothing better. We know what is ahead of us. "Discussions have got to be had above me to decide what we've got and what we haven't got".
    Ottawa Buying Trans Mountain Pipeline Assets for $4.5 billion

    Ottawa Buying Trans Mountain Pipeline Assets for $4.5 billion

    She added that there is bad news for Kinder Morgan because the company's "growth outlook is muted" without the expansion project. The prime minister reiterated his intentions to get the line completed as he headed into a meeting with his cabinet Tuesday.
    Nipah Virus claims another life: Death toll rises to 14 in Kerala

    Nipah Virus claims another life: Death toll rises to 14 in Kerala

    Two people who are suspected to be suffering from Nipah virus infection have been admitted to Fever Hospital in Hyderabad . Time reports that during its first outbreak in Malaysia almost 300 farmers became infected and more than 100 died.
  • PSN Singapore May Have Leaked the Mega Man 11 Release Date

    PSN Singapore May Have Leaked the Mega Man 11 Release Date

    If used too much, the Double Gear system will overheat, forcing it offline until it can cool down. Will you be adding Mega Man 11 to your Nintendo Switch game collection? You can pre-order today.
    Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb

    Videos show devastating flash flood in Baltimore suburb

    News outlets on Sunday showed photos and video of brown water rushing down Main Street in Ellicott City , just outside Baltimore. The flooding has left some residents stranded in buildings, and multiple rescues are in progress, according to local officials.
    Italy's PM-designate fails to form government after president vetoes minister

    Italy's PM-designate fails to form government after president vetoes minister

    Italy has been without a government since elections on 4 March, because no political group could form a majority. On May 23, the Italian president offered Conte to take the post of prime minister.

Comments

Other news