What to expect from Alberto

Published 7:18 am Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CHAMBERS COUNTY — Although subtropical storm Alberto made landfall in Florida Monday afternoon, heavy rain and winds are expected in the Greater Valley Area through Wednesday. 3-4 inches of rain came down over Memorial Day.

As Alberto moves inland and is deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm will steadily weaken, according to an AP report. A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center, the same report said.

Based on information from the National Weather Service in Birmingham Monday morning, Alberto tracked northward along the Interstate 65 corridor through the state, causing localized flooding for nearby areas.

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In the week leading up to Alberto, sporadic downpours came at irregular intervals throughout the Greater Valley Area, creating minor flash floods in some areas normally subject to them.

The strongest winds — as high as 20 to 30 mph — hit the southeast part of central Alabama during the day Monday, according to forecasters.

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency as Alberto approached on Saturday. It became effective at 6 a.m. Sunday in lower central Alabama, including Chambers County, along with Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa counties, to name a few.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a hurricane season forecast Thursday that calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine that could potentially become hurricanes. One to four hurricanes could be “major” with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, NOAA reported.