The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.
Severe Subtropical StormAlberto "has the same impacts as a tropical storm", Kottlowski noted, adding, "that includes tropical-storm-force winds of 39-55 miles per hour, a storm surge potential, heavy rain and the potential for isolated tornadoes". Isolated deluges of 12 inches (30 centimeters) were possible.
Some spots along the gulf coast could be hammered with more than a foot of rain, but that's not the only concern.
There will be more clouds working in later Wednesday night into Thursday with a few scattered showers and a storm or two possible come Thursday.
- Slow-moving storms with downpours may produce localized flash flooding during high rainfall rates. "Strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside, she said. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) as it approached the northern Gulf of Mexico.
If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. Some of the showers and storms could become locally heavy.