31 May, 2018
A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered the area from the Suwannee River to the border of Florida and Alabama.
Severe Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season - is bearing down on the southeastern USA, as states of emergency have been declared along coastal regions.
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for entire the west coast.
Forecasters said Alberto could bring life-threatening high water to southern coastal states when it slams an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes. Isolated tornadoes were also possible over parts of Georgia and southeast Alabama.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured from space nearing the Florida Panhandle on May 27, 2018.
Several houses have been damaged in storms that are the remnants of Subtropical Depression Alberto.
Combined with the above average rainfall we've already seen so far this spring, additional rain could create flooding issues in the upcoming week along area rivers. The storm was moving north at about 13 miles per hour but a shift to the north-northwest is expected Sunday.
Alabama's largest electrical utility says about 20,000 homes and businesses are without power as Alberto moves through the state. It's moving north at 14 miles per hour (22 kph), and has top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph).
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Our weather today will have periods of rain, some will be heavy at times.
Normally packed with vacationers over the Memorial Day weekend, beaches along the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast are largely empty as a slowly strengthening storm carrying brisk winds and heavy rain approaches.
Tropical-storm force winds will continue in the Panhandle.
Hurricane season doesn't formally start until June 1. Forecasters predicted it would move into Alabama after that.
Fair to partly cloudy, hot and humid days will stay in the forecast through the weekend.and likely beyond, with big summer heat building across the region by this weekend as a ridge of high pressure aloft to our west strengthens.
Some areas on Gulf Coast barrier islands remained under evacuation orders as authorities weighed the flood risks, officials said.
Moore said the rainy weather late this month is expected to push the Columbia area past its average precipitation for May, typically one of the state's driest months.