Storm Weakens As It Nears Florida, Sends Thousands Fleeing

The projected path keeps the center of the storm west of NCFL.

Alberto is expected to cause heavy rains in South Florida and the Florida Keys while a tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama.

"Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour) which is about 10 miles (16 km) shy of being a hurricane".

Thousands have been evacuated from the northern Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida as it braces for subtropical storm Alberto.

In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

Tropical air as a result of remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto will cause downpours to spread across the Northeast into the weekend, according to AccuWeather.

Another 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected through Sunday in the Manatee-Sarasota area, though specific areas could receive much more.

A two- to four-foot storm surge or rise in water is still expected along the coast to the right/east of where Alberto makes landfall.

Communal clashes in Aurangabad over water, Sec 144 imposed
Even the worst-hit are as were Shahganj, " Nawabpura, Rajabazaar and also Angribaug which continued to remain calm but stressed. The clash between two groups reportedly broke out as the water connection to a religious place was disconnected in Motikaranja.

Alabama's largest electrical utility says about 20,000 homes and businesses are without power as Alberto moves through the state. On average, the Columbia area receives almost 45 inches of rain annually. It's moving north at 14 miles per hour (22 kph), and has top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph). Storm surge was a bigger threat north of the Tampa Bay area, with flooding possible in and north of Crystal River, the weather service said.

"If you are planning to travel on Monday (Memorial Day) the combination of severe weather and heavy traffic conditions could prove hazardous".

Hurricane season doesn't formally start until June 1. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. "Some spots could see upwards of 4-5" of rain, which would lead to flash flooding issues.

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018.

Because of the predicted landfall area, Lee County and surrounding areas could potentially experience "tropical weak tornadoes", Allen said, because of the county's location in relation to the storm.

"We've had a lot of rain, but we got lucky".

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a hurricane season forecast Thursday that calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

  • Douglas Reid