At 4 am CDT...0900 UTC...a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast of Florida from Englewood to Indian Pass. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.
A tropical storm watch remains in effect from south of Englewood to Bonita Beach.
For storm information specific to your area...including possible inland watches and warnings...please monitor products issued by your local weather office.
At 400 am CDT...0900z...the center of Tropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 26.2 north...longitude 87.2 west or about 275 miles...445 km...south-southwest of Apalachicola Florida and about 320 miles...515 km...southwest of Cedar Key Florida.
Alberto is moving toward the north-northeast near 8 mph...13 km/hr ...And a turn to the northeast is expected over the next 24 hours.
Maximum sustained winds have increased and are now near 50 mph...85 km/hr...with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast during the next 24 hours.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 230 miles...370 km...to the northeast and southeast of the center. The large extent of tropical storm force winds means that these winds will be felt along the coast well in advance of the arrival of the center.
Estimated minimum central pressure is 1001 mb...29.56 inches.
Coastal storm surge flooding of 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels...can be expected over a large portion of the warning area."
Swim Away, Swim Far Away....
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