Where is the storm?

As of 4 p.m. Friday Subtropical Storm Alberto was at 19.4 degrees north, 86.3 degrees west. It was drifting east with winds of 40 mph. Minimum pressure was 1005mb.

 

 

Where will it go?

The storm is expected to move north over the next day or so, then gradually curve to the northwest, putting it inland somewhere west of Mobile.

What day will it arrive?

Depending on the local landfall location, it should go ashore sometime Monday.

 
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How strong will it be?

The Hurricane Center predicts it will have winds of 65 mph at its strongest.

What conditions can we expect in this area?

Northwest Florida emergency management officials say some areas could see up to a foot of rain from late Saturday into Tuesday, and widespread flooding is to be expected.

Models are starting to come into agreement and have the storm’s path headed northeast towards the Florida panhandle, before turning west and making landfall somewhere near Mobile Bay on Monday. Forecasters say that puts Northwest Florida in the path of the storm’s heaviest rains.

According to the NHC, the system could also bring tropical storm-force winds and storm surge to portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late this weekend or early next week. In addition, the threat of rip currents will steadily increase along the Gulf Coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over the Memorial Day weekend.

The rain is expected to begin sometime late Saturday and remain steady into early next week.

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Current local watches and warnings

- A tropical storm watch is in effect from Indian Pass, Florida to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

- A storm surge watch was in effect from Horseshoe Beach, Florida to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

- A flash flood watch exists for Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties until 8 p.m. May 29.

- A rip current statement is in effect for coastal Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties until May 29.

- A coastal flood watch is in effect for coastal Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties until May 29.

- A high surf advisory is in effect for coastal Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties until May 29.

Cancellations

- Gulf Islands National Seashore is closing its Santa Rosa Island units. Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa and Perdido Keys areas are expected to be affected.


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Current local watches and warnings


- A flash flood watch exists for Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties until 8 p.m. May 29.


- A rip current statement is in effect for coastal Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties until May 29.


- A coastal flood watch is in effect for coastal Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties until May 29.


- A high surf advisory is in effect for coastal Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties until May 29.


Cancellations


- Gulf Islands National Seashore is closing its Santa Rosa Island units. Fort Pickens, Santa Rosa and Perdido Keys areas are expected to be affected.


 


 


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