Nicondra: Louisiana no longer under tropical watches

As of 11 a.m. on Saturday, subtropical Storm Alberto was located near the western area of Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Alberto is likely to bring flooding and torrential rains to both states, according to the Miami Herald and Clarion Ledger, and a tropical storm watch has been issued for Florida's panhandle west of Gulf County. A storm surge watch is in effect from Crystal River, a coastal city in Citrus County, north toward the Mississippi-Alabama border.

That said areas along the Alabama and Florida coast where the storm makes landfall could see a storm surge of 5-8 feet and pick up another 3-7 inches of rainfall leading to some flooding concerns. Maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible along Alberto's track from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle, forecasters said. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

Rainfall and wind extend far away from the center of the storm, one of the classic hallmarks of a subtropical storm.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shifts the storm farther east with a potential landfall near the Alabama-Florida state line.

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The center of the storm is foreast to pass through the Midwest, so Upstate New York is unlikely to get flooding rains. General rainfall totals on the order of 2-4 inches are possible, with heavier amounts under the stronger rainbands. However with the recent pressure drop of Alberto we can expect to see more storms fire up during the early morning hours but I suspect the heaviest rain will be after Sunrise on Sunday.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Center said. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. These temperatures shoot up as we head throughout the day with scattered clouds.

Flood Watch remains in effect for southwest and west-central Florida - abundant tropical moisture streaming over the area on the east side of the storm.

The storm is expected to move North slowly from its location near Cuba Saturday into the Gulf of Mexico.

An isolated tornado could be possible in the outer bands of the storm and weather and emergency management officials are urging people to pay close attention to the weather over the weekend. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

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