Caribbean-On-Line's Caribbean Hurricane Blog



Alberto

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 13

Published on June 13, 2006 7:22 AM | Comments

It looks like Alberto will not be a hurricane when it makes landfall, which is great news for Florida:

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012006 500 AM EDT TUE JUN 13 2006 ...ALBERTO CONTINUES NORTHEASTWARD WITH NO CHANGE IN STRENGTH...

A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA
FROM LONGBOAT KEY TO THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER. PREPARATIONS TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

AT 5 AM EDT...0900 UTC...THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING ALONG THE
ATLANTIC COAST HAS BEEN EXTENDED NORTHWARD TO SOUTH SANTEE RIVER
SOUTH CAROLINA. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THE
ATLANTIC COAST FROM FLAGLER BEACH FLORIDA NORTHWARD TO SOUTH SANTEE
RIVER.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT SOUTH OF LONGBOAT KEY TO
ENGLEWOOD...AND WEST OF THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER TO INDIAN PASS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 500 AM EDT...0900Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 29.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 84.2 WEST OR ABOUT 60
MILES... 95 KM...SOUTHEAST OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA AND ABOUT 65
MILES...105 KM...WEST OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA.

ALBERTO IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHEAST NEAR 9 MPH...15 KM/HR...AND
THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE UNTIL LANDFALL NEAR MIDDAY
TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH...100 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. ALTHOUGH SOME POTENTIAL STILL EXISTS FOR RESTRENGTHENING...
THE LIKELIHOOD THAT ALBERTO WILL BECOME A HURRICANE PRIOR TO
LANDFALL IS DECREASING.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 175 MILES...280 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE REPORTED BY THE AIR FORCE
RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTERS WAS 995 MB...29.38 INCHES.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 7 TO 9 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS CAN BE EXPECTED MAINLY TO THE EAST AND SOUTH OF WHERE THE
CENTER MAKES LANDFALL.

STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED
MAXIMUM AMOUNTS TO 10 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF
FLORIDA AND SOUTHERN GEORGIA THROUGH TODAY. STORM TOTAL AMOUNTS OF
3 TO 5 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER SOUTH CAROLINA AND THE COASTAL
PLAINS OF NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHEASTERN VIRGINIA THROUGH
WEDNESDAY.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND
NORTHERN FLORIDA...SOUTHERN GEORGIA...AND SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA
TODAY.

REPEATING THE 500 AM EDT POSITION...29.2 N...84.2 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTHEAST NEAR 9 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...995 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 800 AM EDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 1100
AM EDT.

You can always find the latest update here.



Tropical Storm Weakens as It Approaches Florida Coast

Published on June 13, 2006 7:13 AM | Comments

Bloomberg is reporting:

June 13 (Bloomberg) -- Tropical Storm Alberto weakened slightly as it approached Florida's Gulf Coast, where some residents were ordered to evacuate before the arrival of the first named system of the Atlantic hurricane season.

Alberto's maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour (105 kph) at 5 a.m. Florida time, from 70 mph late yesterday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an online advisory. Florida's Gulf Coast from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River was under a hurricane warning, indicating hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.

``Although some potential still exists for restrengthening, the likelihood that Alberto will become a hurricane prior to landfall is decreasing,'' the center said. Hurricanes have sustained winds of at least 74 mph.

The storm's eye was about 60 miles southeast of Apalachicola, in Florida's Panhandle, and 65 miles west of Cedar Key, and moving toward the northeast at about 9 mph, according to the advisory. Tropical storm-force winds of between 39 mph and 73 mph extended 175 miles from the storm's center.

"There could be minor structural damage," meteorologist Eric Blake said in a telephone interview from the Hurricane Center. "You don't want to be in a mobile home -- it's not a pleasant place to be."



Tropical Storm Alberto Drenches Cuba

Published on June 13, 2006 7:08 AM | Comments

CBS4 is reporting:

27,000 People Evacuated

As Much As 18 Inches Of Rain Has Fallen In Western Cuba

CBS4 News) WESTERN CUBA Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic Ocean Hurricane Season, continues heading toward Florida after dumping rain over western Cuba.

The weather system forced the evacuation of at least 27,000 people in western Cuba because of the threat of flooding, Cuba's National Information Agency said on its Web site.

Flooding is making it difficult to travel both by car and by foot and even trucks are having a tough time getting around.

Parts of the country received as much as 18 inches of rain in a 24 hour period ending early Sunday, the official Granma newspaper reported on its Web site.

More here.



Hurricane warning now posted for Alberto

Published on June 12, 2006 11:40 AM | Comments

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 10 NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012006 1000 AM CDT MON JUN 12 2006

...AIR FORCE PLANE FINDS ALBERTO LOCATED FARTHER TO THE NORTHEAST
AND STRONGER...

AT 10 AM CDT...1500 UTC...A HURRICANE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR
THE GULF COAST OF FLORIDA FROM LONGBOAT KEY TO THE OCHLOCKONEE
RIVER.

A HURRICANE WARNING MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
WITHIN THE WARNING AREA WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS. PREPARATIONS TO
PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY SHOULD BE RUSHED TO COMPLETION.

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT SOUTH OF LONGBOAT KEY TO
ENGLEWOOD...AND WEST OF THE OCHLOCKONEE RIVER 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.

REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER PLANE INDICATE THAT THE
CENTER OF ALBERTO HAS REFORMED TO THE NORTHEAST OF ITS PREVIOUS
LOCATION.

AT 1000 AM CDT...1500Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS
RELOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 27.1 NORTH...LONGITUDE 85.9 WEST OR ABOUT
190 MILES...300 KM...SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA AND
ABOUT 220 MILES...355 KM...SOUTHWEST OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA.

ALBERTO IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 7 MPH...11 KM/HR
...AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24
HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 70 MPH...110
KM/HR...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ALBERTO HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A
HURRICANE WITHIN 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.

THE HURRICANE HUNTERS RECENTLY REPORTED A MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE
OF 997 MB...29.44 INCHES.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 8 TO 10 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS CAN BE EXPECTED OVER A LARGE PORTION OF THE WARNING AREA.

STORM TOTAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES...WITH ISOLATED
MAXIMUM AMOUNTS TO 10 INCHES...ARE POSSIBLE THROUGH TUESDAY ACROSS
PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND NORTHERN FLORIDA AND SOUTHEASTERN
GEORGIA...MAINLY ALONG AND TO THE RIGHT OF THE TRACK OF ALBERTO.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER CENTRAL FLORIDA TODAY AND
TONIGHT.

REPEATING THE 1000 AM CDT POSITION...27.1 N...85.9 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH-NORTHEAST NEAR 7 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...70
MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...997 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 100 PM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 400
PM CDT.




Alberto stregthens

Published on June 12, 2006 6:24 AM | Comments

Alberto has become a bit better organized and will be a definite threat to Florida. This is no longer a storm that has much to do with the Caribbean, so we probably will not be following it that closely unless something unexpected happens (like it crossing Florida and becoming a problem for the Bahamas - which is not likely). You can go here for the latest Public Advisory - we suggest you bookmark that page, as it will always have the latest update from the National Hurricane Center.



TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 7

Published on June 11, 2006 5:11 PM | Comments

We have the first named storm - Alberto. Right now it looks to be much more of a rain event that anything else. It is a Gulf of Mexico storm at this point and really should not affect the Caribbean.

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012006 400 PM CDT SUN JUN 11 2006

...DISORGANIZED ALBERTO MOVING SLOWLY NORTHWARD OVER THE GULF OF
MEXICO...

AT 4 PM CDT...2100 UTC...A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE
WEST COAST OF FLORIDA FROM NORTH OF BONITA BEACH TO STEINHATCHEE.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA...GENERALLY WITHIN 36 HOURS.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 400 PM CDT...2100Z...THE BROAD CIRCULATION OF TROPICAL STORM
ALBERTO WAS ESTIMATED NEAR LATITUDE 24.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 87.8
WEST OR ABOUT 375 MILES...605 KM...WEST OF KEY WEST FLORIDA AND
ABOUT 400 MILES...640 KM...SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF APALACHICOLA FLORIDA.

ALBERTO IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTH NEAR 7 MPH...11 KM/HR...AND A
GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT 24 HOURS.

THE STRONGEST WINDS IN THIS TROPICAL STORM ARE WELL REMOVED FROM THE
CENTER...AND EXTEND MAINLY EASTWARD UP TO 230 MILES...370 KM.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1004 MB...29.65 INCHES.

ALBERTO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS
OF 10 TO 20 INCHES OVER THE WESTERN HALF OF CUBA...WITH ISOLATED
TOTALS OF 30 INCHES OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. THESE RAINS COULD
PRODUCE LIFE-THREATENING FLASH FLOODS AND MUD SLIDES. RAINFALL
TOTALS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE FLORIDA PENINSULA AND
THE FLORIDA KEYS THROUGH TUESDAY.

REPEATING THE 400 PM CDT POSITION...24.5 N...87.8 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...NORTH NEAR 7 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB.

AN INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
CENTER AT 700 PM CDT FOLLOWED BY THE NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY AT 1000
PM CDT.



First '06 Storm Likely to Soak Fla., Cuba

Published on June 11, 2006 5:08 PM | Comments

From the AP:

TAMPA, Fla. Tropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, developed Sunday in the Gulf of Mexico and appeared likely to soak parts of Florida and Cuba with heavy rain, forecasters said.

By midday, the storm had maximum sustained wind near 45 mph, up 10 mph from early in the morning, but it was not likely to grow into a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said.

"The satellite presentation of the storm is not very impressive, so not much additional strengthening is anticipated," said hurricane specialist Richard Pasch.

The prospect of a wet storm without hurricane-force wind was welcomed by firefighters who have been battling wildfires for six weeks on Florida's east coast.