Inland Gulf Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Hurricane Statement
Issued: 4:46 PM CDT May. 25, 2018 – National Weather Service

This product covers coastal Big Bend and Panhandle counties of
Florida along with interior portions of the western Florida
Panhandle.

... Subtropical storm Alberto has formed in the western
Caribbean...

New information
---------------

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - none

* current watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch are in effect for
      coastal Bay, coastal Gulf, and south Walton
    - a storm surge watch is in effect for coastal Dixie, coastal
      Franklin, coastal Jefferson, coastal Taylor, and coastal Wakulla

* storm information:
    - about 740 miles south of Panama City or about 720 miles south
      of Apalachicola
    - 19.4n 86.3w
    - storm intensity 40 mph
    - movement east or 90 degrees at 2 mph

Situation overview
------------------

Overview...

Subtropical storm Alberto is currently drifting east in the western
Caribbean. A turn to the north is expected beginning this evening,
with Alberto entering the Gulf by Saturday morning. Tropical storm
force winds and heavy rain could reach our Gulf waters by late
Saturday night, with the greatest impacts felt region-wide during the
day on Sunday. The main threats with Alberto will be heavy rain and
flooding potential, coastal flooding, and low-end tropical storm
force wind damage. The greatest threat for flooding will be in the
Florida Panhandle where 4 to 6 inches of rain could be possible, with
isolated higher amounts. Coastal flooding is most likely along
Franklin and Wakulla counties with 2 to 4 feet of inundation
possible. Depending on track variations these amounts could be
realized anywhere across The Big Bend and Panhandle coast. At this
time tropical storm force winds or gusts will be most likely across
the northeast Gulf and coastal Panhandle of Florida. Isolated
tornadoes will also be possible on Sunday as outer bands from Alberto
arrive.

Potential impacts
-----------------

* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across the Panhandle of Florida. Potential impacts include:
    - moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some Road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across southeast Alabama, south Georgia, and the
Florida Big Bend.

* Surge:
prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant
impacts across Franklin and Wakulla counties. Potential impacts in
this area include:
    - areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by
      waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.
    - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become
      weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low
      spots.
    - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and
      numerous rip currents.
    - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
      Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
      unprotected anchorages.

Also, prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across the remainder of The Big Bend and Panhandle coast.


* Wind:
prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the
Florida Panhandle. Potential impacts in this area 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.

Elsewhere across the Florida Big Bend, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia, little to no impact is anticipated.

* Tornadoes:
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
the Panhandle and Big Bend of Florida, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia. 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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
----------------------------------

* evacuations:
watch/warning phase - listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.

* Other preparedness information:

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the
center of the storm.

* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Tallahassee FL around 11 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.



546 PM EDT Fri may 25 2018 /446 PM CDT Fri may 25 2018/

This product covers coastal Big Bend and Panhandle counties of
Florida along with interior portions of the western Florida
Panhandle.

... Subtropical storm Alberto has formed in the western
Caribbean...

New information
---------------

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - none

* current watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch are in effect for
      coastal Bay, coastal Gulf, and south Walton
    - a storm surge watch is in effect for coastal Dixie, coastal
      Franklin, coastal Jefferson, coastal Taylor, and coastal Wakulla

* storm information:
    - about 740 miles south of Panama City or about 720 miles south
      of Apalachicola
    - 19.4n 86.3w
    - storm intensity 40 mph
    - movement east or 90 degrees at 2 mph

Situation overview
------------------

Overview...

Subtropical storm Alberto is currently drifting east in the western
Caribbean. A turn to the north is expected beginning this evening,
with Alberto entering the Gulf by Saturday morning. Tropical storm
force winds and heavy rain could reach our Gulf waters by late
Saturday night, with the greatest impacts felt region-wide during the
day on Sunday. The main threats with Alberto will be heavy rain and
flooding potential, coastal flooding, and low-end tropical storm
force wind damage. The greatest threat for flooding will be in the
Florida Panhandle where 4 to 6 inches of rain could be possible, with
isolated higher amounts. Coastal flooding is most likely along
Franklin and Wakulla counties with 2 to 4 feet of inundation
possible. Depending on track variations these amounts could be
realized anywhere across The Big Bend and Panhandle coast. At this
time tropical storm force winds or gusts will be most likely across
the northeast Gulf and coastal Panhandle of Florida. Isolated
tornadoes will also be possible on Sunday as outer bands from Alberto
arrive.

Potential impacts
-----------------

* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across the Panhandle of Florida. Potential impacts include:
    - moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some Road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across southeast Alabama, south Georgia, and the
Florida Big Bend.

* Surge:
prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant
impacts across Franklin and Wakulla counties. Potential impacts in
this area include:
    - areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by
      waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.
    - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become
      weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low
      spots.
    - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and
      numerous rip currents.
    - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
      Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
      unprotected anchorages.

Also, prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across the remainder of The Big Bend and Panhandle coast.


* Wind:
prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the
Florida Panhandle. Potential impacts in this area 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.

Elsewhere across the Florida Big Bend, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia, little to no impact is anticipated.

* Tornadoes:
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
the Panhandle and Big Bend of Florida, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia. 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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
----------------------------------

* evacuations:
watch/warning phase - listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.

* Other preparedness information:

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the
center of the storm.

* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Tallahassee FL around 11 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.


546 PM EDT Fri may 25 2018 /446 PM CDT Fri may 25 2018/

This product covers coastal Big Bend and Panhandle counties of
Florida along with interior portions of the western Florida
Panhandle.

... Subtropical storm Alberto has formed in the western
Caribbean...

New information
---------------

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - none

* current watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch are in effect for
      coastal Bay, coastal Gulf, and south Walton
    - a storm surge watch is in effect for coastal Dixie, coastal
      Franklin, coastal Jefferson, coastal Taylor, and coastal Wakulla

* storm information:
    - about 740 miles south of Panama City or about 720 miles south
      of Apalachicola
    - 19.4n 86.3w
    - storm intensity 40 mph
    - movement east or 90 degrees at 2 mph

Situation overview
------------------

Overview...

Subtropical storm Alberto is currently drifting east in the western
Caribbean. A turn to the north is expected beginning this evening,
with Alberto entering the Gulf by Saturday morning. Tropical storm
force winds and heavy rain could reach our Gulf waters by late
Saturday night, with the greatest impacts felt region-wide during the
day on Sunday. The main threats with Alberto will be heavy rain and
flooding potential, coastal flooding, and low-end tropical storm
force wind damage. The greatest threat for flooding will be in the
Florida Panhandle where 4 to 6 inches of rain could be possible, with
isolated higher amounts. Coastal flooding is most likely along
Franklin and Wakulla counties with 2 to 4 feet of inundation
possible. Depending on track variations these amounts could be
realized anywhere across The Big Bend and Panhandle coast. At this
time tropical storm force winds or gusts will be most likely across
the northeast Gulf and coastal Panhandle of Florida. Isolated
tornadoes will also be possible on Sunday as outer bands from Alberto
arrive.

Potential impacts
-----------------

* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across the Panhandle of Florida. Potential impacts include:
    - moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some Road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across southeast Alabama, south Georgia, and the
Florida Big Bend.

* Surge:
prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant
impacts across Franklin and Wakulla counties. Potential impacts in
this area include:
    - areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by
      waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.
    - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become
      weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low
      spots.
    - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and
      numerous rip currents.
    - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
      Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
      unprotected anchorages.

Also, prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across the remainder of The Big Bend and Panhandle coast.


* Wind:
prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the
Florida Panhandle. Potential impacts in this area 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.

Elsewhere across the Florida Big Bend, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia, little to no impact is anticipated.

* Tornadoes:
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
the Panhandle and Big Bend of Florida, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia. 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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
----------------------------------

* evacuations:
watch/warning phase - listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.

* Other preparedness information:

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the
center of the storm.

* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Tallahassee FL around 11 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.


546 PM EDT Fri may 25 2018 /446 PM CDT Fri may 25 2018/

This product covers coastal Big Bend and Panhandle counties of
Florida along with interior portions of the western Florida
Panhandle.

... Subtropical storm Alberto has formed in the western
Caribbean...

New information
---------------

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - none

* current watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch are in effect for
      coastal Bay, coastal Gulf, and south Walton
    - a storm surge watch is in effect for coastal Dixie, coastal
      Franklin, coastal Jefferson, coastal Taylor, and coastal Wakulla

* storm information:
    - about 740 miles south of Panama City or about 720 miles south
      of Apalachicola
    - 19.4n 86.3w
    - storm intensity 40 mph
    - movement east or 90 degrees at 2 mph

Situation overview
------------------

Overview...

Subtropical storm Alberto is currently drifting east in the western
Caribbean. A turn to the north is expected beginning this evening,
with Alberto entering the Gulf by Saturday morning. Tropical storm
force winds and heavy rain could reach our Gulf waters by late
Saturday night, with the greatest impacts felt region-wide during the
day on Sunday. The main threats with Alberto will be heavy rain and
flooding potential, coastal flooding, and low-end tropical storm
force wind damage. The greatest threat for flooding will be in the
Florida Panhandle where 4 to 6 inches of rain could be possible, with
isolated higher amounts. Coastal flooding is most likely along
Franklin and Wakulla counties with 2 to 4 feet of inundation
possible. Depending on track variations these amounts could be
realized anywhere across The Big Bend and Panhandle coast. At this
time tropical storm force winds or gusts will be most likely across
the northeast Gulf and coastal Panhandle of Florida. Isolated
tornadoes will also be possible on Sunday as outer bands from Alberto
arrive.

Potential impacts
-----------------

* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across the Panhandle of Florida. Potential impacts include:
    - moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and
      rescues.
    - Rivers and tributaries may quickly become swollen with swifter
      currents and overspill their banks in a few places, especially
      in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals,
      arroyos, and ditches overflow.
    - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations.
      Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid
      inundation at underpasses, low-lying spots, and poor drainage
      areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as
      storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions
      become hazardous. Some Road and bridge closures.

Prepare for locally hazardous rainfall flooding having possible
limited impacts across southeast Alabama, south Georgia, and the
Florida Big Bend.

* Surge:
prepare for life-threatening surge having possible significant
impacts across Franklin and Wakulla counties. Potential impacts in
this area include:
    - areas of inundation with storm surge flooding accentuated by
      waves. Damage to several buildings, mainly near the coast.
    - Sections of near-shore escape routes and secondary roads become
      weakened or washed out, especially in usually vulnerable low
      spots.
    - Major beach erosion with heavy surf breaching dunes. Strong and
      numerous rip currents.
    - Moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers.
      Several small craft broken away from moorings, especially in
      unprotected anchorages.

Also, prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited
impacts across the remainder of The Big Bend and Panhandle coast.


* Wind:
prepare for hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across the
Florida Panhandle. Potential impacts in this area 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.

Elsewhere across the Florida Big Bend, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia, little to no impact is anticipated.

* Tornadoes:
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
the Panhandle and Big Bend of Florida, southeast Alabama, and
southwest Georgia. 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.

Precautionary/preparedness actions
----------------------------------

* evacuations:
watch/warning phase - listen to local official for recommended
preparedness actions, including possible evacuation. If ordered to
evacuate, do so immediately.

* Other preparedness information:

When making safety and preparedness decisions, do not focus on the
exact forecast track since hazards such as flooding rain, damaging
wind gusts, storm surge, and tornadoes extend well away from the
center of the storm.

* Additional sources of information:
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for information on creating an emergency plan see getagameplan.Org
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

Next update
-----------

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Tallahassee FL around 11 PM EDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.