Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declare emergencies ahead of storm Alberto

Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declare emergencies ahead of storm Alberto

Tropical Tidbits provides the latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and this year, it looks like it might also bring an early start to the 2018 hurricane season.

Rainfall accumulations of 3 to 7 inches with maximum amounts of 10 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern Florida. Some of these tropical showers will have locally very heavy rainfall.

"Any shift left (to the west) and those totals will go up a lot".

The weather service said storm surge could become an issue as soon as this evening and last into Tuesday.

The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season roiled parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and risky surf before plodding northward Saturday.

Heavy rains from the slow-moving storm were expected between 120-250 mm, with up to 380 mm possible along from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle, the NWS said. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. With a subtropical storm, the strongest winds and thunderstorms are located far away from the center, even though they may be just as strong as those found in a tropical storm. Download the WTXL First Alert Weather app today for real-time interactive radar, location-based severe weather alerts and a constantly updated forecast for wherever you are.

The government of Cuba has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. After reaching top winds of 45 mph and spending 30 hours as a tropical storm, Arlene died.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north
Subtropical Storm Alberto: Florida governor declares state of emergency ahead of storm

Heavy rains are the biggest concern as they may lead to extremely serious flash and river flooding.

As of earlier this week, the Sewerage & Water Board's drainage system was able to run at almost full throttle. Operations will run as long as necessary.

As of 2 p.m.

Jefferson said its Drainage Department is fully staffed, with 287 employees who operate and maintain 69 pump stations and 184 pumps.

The East Bank Consolidated Fire Department is fueling and checking all equipment, generators, and boats.

The forecast is similar on Memorial Day, according to the NWS. Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will continue as normally scheduled.

The city of New Orleans urged their residents to "get prepared and stay informed" about the storm.

One of the most deadly natural disasters in USA history occurred in Florida 90 years ago.

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