Subtropical Storm Alberto has been upgraded to “Tropical Storm Alberto” with the wind field extending to 130 miles. Overnight, Tropical Storm Alberto’s track continued to shift slightly NNE. This resulted in an increased potential for Tropical Storm Force Winds. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are expected regionwide through Monday.
Hernando County is now under a Coastal Flood Watch and Tropical Storm Warning.
- Tides are expected to be 2 to 3 feet higher than normal levels. Minor coastal flooding is possible.
- Gusts up to 40 mph are expected along the coast, in addition to high surf and rip current conditions.
- Localized flooding is possible in low-lying, flood prone areas that see higher rain totals.
- Slight potential risk of tornados for today and marginal risk for Monday.
- Additional Flood Watches, Flash Flood Watches, Coastal Flood Watches or High Surf Advisories may be issued in the coming days.
- The self-serve sandbag distribution site located at Anderson Snow Park will cease operations today Sunday, May 27, 2018 at noon.
- Coastal residents are strongly encouraged to monitor tide gauges closely over the next several days. Tide data is available at https://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/noaatidepredictions.html?id=8727151&legacy=1
- Residents that own horses and other large animals are strongly encouraged to consider relocating them to higher ground prior to the arrival of heavy rainfall, to avoid the need for rescue if waters rise.
- Residents living in low-lying, flood prone, or coastal areas should pay close attention to weather conditions over the next several days.
- Mariners should heed warnings on small craft advisories.
- Residents are encouraged to exercise caution to prevent illness and injury associated with encountering flood waters. Visit the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County athttp://www.hernando.floridahealth.gov for more information.
- All residents are urged to actively monitor local news or the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/tbw/.
- Report damages promptly to the Emergency Operations Center at 352-754-4083.
Editor’s Note: go to https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ for latest map location of Alberto.