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Louisiana no longer under tropical storm watch

27 May 2018

A tropical storm warning also was issued from the Aucilla River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

A storm surge watch has also been extended and now stretches from the Crystal River in Florida to the mouth of the Mississippi River. A dome of high pressure is expected to slow Alberto down as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast late Sunday and early Monday.

On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is expected to move near the western tip of Cuba this afternoon.

Flooding was possible in Florida's Miami-Dade and Monroe counties after weeks of rain, with tornadoes possible Saturday and Sunday and rip currents expected on both coasts, forecasters said.

The New Orleans area should be prepared for heavy rain over the weekend and through the middle of next week as Subtropical Storm Alberto meanders northward through the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall somewhere along the coast. But further strengthening, which some models predict, could mean winds as high as 60 or 70 miles per hour.

With Alberto moving closer to our area, coastal locations have been put under Tropical Storm Warnings until the storm moves away.

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In the next 24 hours Alberto is expected to strengthen as it continues to travel north over warmers waters in the Gulf and combines with an upper level low.

We have seen plenty of rain today, which has caused localized flooding in parts of the area.

As of late Friday afternoon, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season was centered about 85 miles (135 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The forecast from the Weather Prediction Center still estimates up to 4 inches or more of rain could fall in Volusia County, where a flood watch is in effect.

The storm moves slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. A storm surge watch has been posted for parts of the coastal region from eastern Louisiana to the Panhandle of Florida.

The hurricane center said up to 12 inches of rain was possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida. Widespread rainfall of 3 to 6 inches is expected through the next several days due to tropical rain showers from Alberto.

He said it was not unusual for tropical systems to form outside of the official Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 annually.

Louisiana no longer under tropical storm watch