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Watches & Warnings

Hurricane Statement
Issued: 4:45 PM CDT May. 25, 2018 – National Weather Service

This product covers portions of southwest Alabama... northwest Florida... south
central Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.

**Tropical storm and storm surge watches issued for the north-central
Gulf coast**

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

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch have been issued
      for Baldwin central, Baldwin coastal, Escambia coastal, Mobile
      central, Mobile coastal, Okaloosa coastal, and Santa Rosa
      coastal

* current watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch are in effect for
      Baldwin central, Baldwin coastal, Escambia coastal, Mobile
      central, Mobile coastal, Okaloosa coastal, and Santa Rosa
      coastal

* storm information:
    - about 790 miles south of Mobile al or about 770 miles south of
      Pensacola FL
    - 19.4n 86.3w
    - storm intensity 40 mph
    - movement east or 90 degrees at 2 mph

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

Alberto will move slowly northward towards the north central Gulf Coast
through Monday. Alberto is currently forecast to move into coastal
Mississippi or coastal Alabama early Monday evening. This system will
bring copious amounts of rain to the area mainly from Saturday night into
Tuesday. Storm surge inundation of 2 to 4 feet, possibly higher, are
expected mainly Sunday night into Monday. Isolated tornadoes will also
be possible, mainly Sunday night into Monday night.

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

* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across extreme southeast Mississippi, extreme southwest Alabama and
the western Florida Panhandle. 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, 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 roughly south of Highway 84.

* Surge:
prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts
across coastal portions of Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
Potential impacts in this area include:
    - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
      immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas
      farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread
      with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where
      surge water covers the Road.
    - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly
      in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,
      and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

Elsewhere across portions of southwest Alabama... northwest
Florida... south central Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.,
Little to no impact is anticipated.

* Tornadoes:
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
portions of southwest Alabama... northwest Florida... south central
Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.. 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.

* Wind:
prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across
portions of southwest Alabama... northwest Florida... south central
Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.. potential impacts
include:
    - some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
      experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
      homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
      objects become dangerous projectiles.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
      fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places.
    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
      in areas with above ground lines.

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

* evacuations:

Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions, including
possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

* Other preparedness information:

Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your
home or business.

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.

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or
on a boat, plan to move to safe shelter.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large Inland Lake, in a low-lying or poor
drainage area, in a valley, or near an already swollen river, plan to
move to safe shelter on higher ground.

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with orders that
are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives of
others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be concluded
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of
strong gusty winds or flooding can cause certain preparedness
activities to become unsafe.

Be sure to let friends and family members know of your intentions for
weathering the storm and your whereabouts. Have someone located away
from the threatened area serve as your Point of contact. Share vital
contact information with others. Keep cell phones handy and charged.

Check on those who may not be fully aware of the situation or who are
unable to make personal preparations.

If you are a visitor, know the name of the County in which you are
located and where it is relative to current watches and warnings.
If staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their onsite
disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially pertaining
to area visitors.

Closely monitor weather.Gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes
to the forecast.

There is a threat from tornadoes with this storm. Have multiple ways
to receive tornado warnings. Be ready to shelter quickly.

* Additional sources of information:
- for the latest detailed evacuation and shelter information... please
refer to your local emergency management agency at the phone number
or website listed below.
- Coastal alabama:
- Baldwin county: 251-972-6807 or
www.Baldwincountyal.Gov/departments/Ema
- Mobile county: 251-460-8000 or www.Mcema.Net
- northwest florida:
- Escambia county: 850-471-6400 or bereadyescambia.Com
- Santa Rosa county: 850-983-5360 www.Santarosa.FL.Gov/emergency
- Okaloosa county: 850-651-7150 or www.Co.Okaloosa.FL.US/ps/home
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

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

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Mobile al around 1030 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.


445 PM CDT Fri may 25 2018

This product covers portions of southwest Alabama... northwest Florida... south
central Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.

**Tropical storm and storm surge watches issued for the north-central
Gulf coast**

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

* changes to watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch have been issued
      for Baldwin central, Baldwin coastal, Escambia coastal, Mobile
      central, Mobile coastal, Okaloosa coastal, and Santa Rosa
      coastal

* current watches and warnings:
    - a storm surge watch and tropical storm watch are in effect for
      Baldwin central, Baldwin coastal, Escambia coastal, Mobile
      central, Mobile coastal, Okaloosa coastal, and Santa Rosa
      coastal

* storm information:
    - about 790 miles south of Mobile al or about 770 miles south of
      Pensacola FL
    - 19.4n 86.3w
    - storm intensity 40 mph
    - movement east or 90 degrees at 2 mph

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

Alberto will move slowly northward towards the north central Gulf Coast
through Monday. Alberto is currently forecast to move into coastal
Mississippi or coastal Alabama early Monday evening. This system will
bring copious amounts of rain to the area mainly from Saturday night into
Tuesday. Storm surge inundation of 2 to 4 feet, possibly higher, are
expected mainly Sunday night into Monday. Isolated tornadoes will also
be possible, mainly Sunday night into Monday night.

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

* flooding rain:
prepare for dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant
impacts across extreme southeast Mississippi, extreme southwest Alabama and
the western Florida Panhandle. 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, 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 roughly south of Highway 84.

* Surge:
prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts
across coastal portions of Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.
Potential impacts in this area include:
    - localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along
      immediate shorelines and in low-lying spots, or in areas
      farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore.
    - Sections of near-shore roads and parking lots become overspread
      with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where
      surge water covers the Road.
    - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly
      in usually vulnerable locations. Strong rip currents.
    - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks,
      and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings.

Elsewhere across portions of southwest Alabama... northwest
Florida... south central Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.,
Little to no impact is anticipated.

* Tornadoes:
prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across
portions of southwest Alabama... northwest Florida... south central
Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.. 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.

* Wind:
prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across
portions of southwest Alabama... northwest Florida... south central
Alabama... and inland southeast Mississippi.. potential impacts
include:
    - some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage
      to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings
      experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile
      homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight
      objects become dangerous projectiles.
    - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater
      numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several
      fences and roadway signs blown over.
    - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban
      or heavily wooded places.
    - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent
      in areas with above ground lines.

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

* evacuations:

Listen to local official for recommended preparedness actions, including
possible evacuation. If ordered to evacuate, do so immediately.

* Other preparedness information:

Now is the time to check your emergency plan and emergency supplies
kit and take necessary actions to protect your family and secure your
home or business.

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.

If in a place that is vulnerable to high wind, such as near large
trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building, or
on a boat, plan to move to safe shelter.

If you live in a place particularly vulnerable to flooding, such as
near the ocean or a large Inland Lake, in a low-lying or poor
drainage area, in a valley, or near an already swollen river, plan to
move to safe shelter on higher ground.

Always heed the advice of local officials and comply with orders that
are issued. Do not needlessly jeopardize your life or the lives of
others.

When securing your property, outside preparations should be concluded
as soon as possible before conditions deteriorate. The onset of
strong gusty winds or flooding can cause certain preparedness
activities to become unsafe.

Be sure to let friends and family members know of your intentions for
weathering the storm and your whereabouts. Have someone located away
from the threatened area serve as your Point of contact. Share vital
contact information with others. Keep cell phones handy and charged.

Check on those who may not be fully aware of the situation or who are
unable to make personal preparations.

If you are a visitor, know the name of the County in which you are
located and where it is relative to current watches and warnings.
If staying at a hotel, ask the management staff about their onsite
disaster plan. Listen for evacuation orders, especially pertaining
to area visitors.

Closely monitor weather.Gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news
outlets for official storm information. Listen for possible changes
to the forecast.

There is a threat from tornadoes with this storm. Have multiple ways
to receive tornado warnings. Be ready to shelter quickly.

* Additional sources of information:
- for the latest detailed evacuation and shelter information... please
refer to your local emergency management agency at the phone number
or website listed below.
- Coastal alabama:
- Baldwin county: 251-972-6807 or
www.Baldwincountyal.Gov/departments/Ema
- Mobile county: 251-460-8000 or www.Mcema.Net
- northwest florida:
- Escambia county: 850-471-6400 or bereadyescambia.Com
- Santa Rosa county: 850-983-5360 www.Santarosa.FL.Gov/emergency
- Okaloosa county: 850-651-7150 or www.Co.Okaloosa.FL.US/ps/home
- for information on appropriate preparations see ready.Gov
- for additional disaster preparedness information see Redcross.Org

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

The next local statement will be issued by the National Weather
Service in Mobile al around 1030 PM CDT, or sooner if conditions
warrant.