Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Research | By Francis Brooks

SC faces heavy rain due to storm

SC faces heavy rain due to storm

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Suwannee River to Navarre Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Suwannee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night. A storm surge watch has been posted from the river to Mexico Beach, Florida.

Forecasters said Alberto could bring unsafe high water to southern coastal states when it douses an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes.

A tornado threat exists in the front-right quadrants of the storm, which today is northern Florida and most of Georgia and SC.

In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

Heavy rain with a possibility of thunderstorms are expected to begin moving into the area from about 1 p.m.to 7 p.m., Mott said.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later tonight and Tuesday", the NHC said.

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In its wake, the large system caused more than 25,000 power outages in Alabama on Tuesday, a day after making landfall on the Florida Panhandle. With it, Alberto brings winds that are over 60 miles per hour, and over a dozen inches of rainfall. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes on Sunday (May 27) as Sub-tropical Storm Alberto picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, with forecasters saying it could bring life-threatening inundation to southern coastal states. This means the potential for some heavy rains at times.

Thursday's storms look spotty but heavy: frequent lightning, heavy downpours covering small areas, and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) says that this year we'll likely see a "near- or above-normal" hurricane season, with 10 to 16 named storms from the Atlantic.

Steady weakening of the storm is forecast as it moves inland.

Flash flood watches have already been issued for most counties around the Charlotte region, including for Avery, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Chester (SC), Chesterfield (SC), Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lancaster, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union, and York (SC) counties through tomorrow morning.

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