Alberto impacts on Jacksonville: Heavy rain, 40 mph winds, high rip currents

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle in Laguna Beach.

11:00 p.m. MONDAY UPDATE: Alberto continues to weaken as it moves north and is now a subtropical depression.

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4:40 p.m. MONDAY UPDATE: Alberto has made landfall northwest of Panama City in Laguna Beach, Fl.

3:30 p.m. MONDAY UPDATE: Alberto is close to making landfall near Panama City, Fl. Several severe Thunderstorm warnings have been activated since around 3 p.m. in the Jacksonville viewing area.

11 a.m. MONDAY UPDATE: Alberto is weakening slightly on approach to the gulf coast. Winds are down to 60 mph as he's moving N at 8 mph.

8 a.m. MONDAY UPDATE: Alberto is moving slowly, at six miles per hour northward toward the panhandle. The storm has sustained winds of 65 mph.


Alberto is still packing 65 mph winds is slowing down some on his northwestward journey.

Landfall now expected Monday afternoon south of Destin, Florida.

11 p.m. SUNDAY UPDATE: Alberto continues to head for the northern Gulf Coast moving at 9 mph with winds still at 65 mph. There are no major changes with this advisory.

Alberto may not be able to become fully “tropical” before landfall Monday.

8 p.m. SUNDAY UPDATE: Despite the less than impressive appearance, Alberto has strengthened. Reports from an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft show the maximum sustained winds are now 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.  A special advisory will be issued within the hour.

  • Max winds now at 65 mph (74+ mph = hurricane)
  • Moving NW at 12 mph
  • Pressure down to 991 mb
  • Hurricane Hunters flying through the storm now
  • Next track update is 11 pm eastern
  • The rip current at the beaches remains very high

5 p.m. SUNDAY UPDATE: Winds remain at 50 mph, moving NNW at 12 mph. Landfall is now forecast for Monday afternoon along the western Florida Panhandle.

2 p.m. SUNDAY UPDATE: Subtropical Storm Alberto is holding steady with 50 mph winds.

The updated track hasn't changed much. It still shows Alberto moving north Sunday and turning northwest Sunday night and Monday.

The Tropical Storm Warning along the west coast of Florida has been discontinued south of the Middle of Longboat Key.

The first named storm of 2018 likely won't make landfall as a hurricane as it approaches the Gulf Coast, but Alberto's effects will still be felt as far east as Jacksonville.

The main threat is heavy rain -- some areas of Northeast Florida could see as much as four inches -- and wind gusts could top 40 mph.

Jacksonville's window for heavy rain is between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Spotty showers will then dot the area this evening.

Memorial Day will start off dry, with some areas seeing sunshine. A few storms will get going from midday to the early evening hours.

A few storms could be strong, and an isolated tornado is also possible thanks to the tropical setup. The risk of tornadoes was already seen early Sunday; a tornado warning was issued for parts of Dade County.

The rip current at the beaches remains very high.

LIVE MAP: Tracking Alberto

LIVE MAP: Tracking Alberto as it approaches landfall in Florida. Got a question? Ask Garrett Bedenbaugh. And tell us where you're checking in from! Subtropical Storm Alberto strengthens bringing gusty winds, heavy rains, storm surge to Gulf region:

Posted by Action News Jax on Sunday, May 27, 2018