Since one of our members @swamprat
may be affected by this storm I'm starting this new thread. The tropical storm watch has been upgraded to a tropical storm warning for parts of Florida and Alabama.
National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL AL012018
532 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018
This product covers West Central and Southwest Florida
**TROPICAL STORM WARNING AND STORM SURGE WATCH IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS
OF THE FLORIDA WEST COAST**
* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm
Warning for Coastal Charlotte, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal
Manatee, Coastal Sarasota, and Pinellas
- A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Coastal Lee
* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
- A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Coastal Charlotte,
Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Lee, Coastal Manatee, Coastal
Sarasota, and Pinellas
- A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Coastal Citrus and Coastal
* STORM INFORMATION:
- About 330 miles south-southwest of Mouth of Tampa Bay FL or
about 310 miles southwest of Fort Myers FL
- 23.3N 85.1W
- Storm Intensity 40 mph
- Movement North or 10 degrees at 13 mph
Subtropical Storm Alberto is forecast to strengthen while moving
northward over the Gulf of Mexico and will impact West Central and
Southwest Florida tonight into Sunday night. The primary concerns at
this time are storm surge flooding along the Citrus and Levy county
coasts, heavy rainfall across the area causing localized flooding,
and tropical storm force winds, mainly close to the coast from
Tampa Bay south.
* FLOODING RAIN:
Protect against locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across West Central and Southwest Florida. Potential
- Localized rainfall flooding may prompt a few evacuations.
- Rivers and tributaries may quickly rise with swifter currents.
Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become swollen
and overflow in spots.
- Flood waters can enter a few structures, especially in usually
vulnerable spots. A few places where rapid ponding of water
occurs at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
areas. Several storm drains and retention ponds become
near-full and begin to overflow. Some brief road and bridge
Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across Levy County and south to Crystal River. Potential
impacts in this area include:
- Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas
farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
- Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread
with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where
surge water covers the road.
- Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly
in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
- Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,
and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.
Elsewhere across West Central and Southwest Florida, little to no
impact is anticipated.
Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across
West Central and Southwest Florida. Potential impacts include:
- Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored
mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about.
- Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or
uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are
shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over.
- A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban
or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on
bridges and other elevated roadways.
- Scattered power and communications outages.
Protect against a tornado event having possible limited impacts
across West Central and Southwest Florida. Potential impacts include:
- The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution
of emergency plans during tropical events.
- A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power
and communications disruptions.
- Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys
toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned,
large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow-rooted trees
knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats
pulled from moorings.
Listen to local officials for recommended preparedness actions,
including possible evacuations. If ordered to evacuate, do so
For those not under evacuation orders, assess the risk from wind,
falling trees, and flooding at your location. If you decide to
move, relocate to a safer location nearby. If you do not relocate,
help keep roadways open for those under evacuation orders.
If evacuating, leave with a destination in mind and allow extra
time to get there. Take your emergency supplies kit. Gas up your
vehicle ahead of time. Follow designated evacuation routes. Seek
traffic information on roadway signs, the radio, and from official
Let others know where you are going prior to departure. Secure
loose items and pets in the car, and avoid distracted driving.