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Gov. Rick Scott asks Floridians in the Panhandle to make final preps in anticipation of Alberto

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WKRG) -  At 8:30 p.m. EST this evening, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) released updated information regarding Subtropical Storm Alberto’s strength and estimated landfall. The NHC now states that STS Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, making it a strong and dangerous storm. STS Alberto is forecasted to make landfall near Panama City on Monday. Throughout the day, Governor Scott has been engaged with federal, state and local emergency management to ensure that Floridians have the resources necessary to be prepared.

Governor Scott said, “Updated information from the National Hurricane Center issued tonight suggests that Subtropical Storm Alberto is growing stronger and more dangerous. I urge every Floridian to take this storm seriously and pay attention to local officials and evacuation orders. The new forecast means that there are higher winds near hurricane speed. This is not a storm to take lightly. In Florida, we know how devastating any tropical weather system can be and Alberto is no different. We have been working to prepare for this storm all week and we must remain vigilant. Make your final preparations now. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so. I will remain in constant communication with the State Emergency Response Team as we move through the overnight hours and into Memorial Day.”

 STORM SURGE WATCHES

  • A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Crystal River in Citrus County, to Navarre in Santa Rosa County. There is currently a 2-4 foot storm surge forecast in the watch area. A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations.

 

TROPICAL STORM WARNINGS

  • A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Gulf Coast communities from the Anclote River in Pinellas County to the Florida/Alabama border.

 

CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS

  • Franklin County – A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all barrier islands (Bald Point, Alligator Point, Dog Island, St. George Island), for anyone living directly on the coastline, mobile homes and RV parks.
  • Gulf County – T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations on Sunday, May 27 at 8:00 a.m. 
  • Taylor County – Voluntary evacuations have been issued for those in coastal zones and beach communities (Keaton, Dekel, Cedar, Dark Islands), mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas.
  • Check evacuation status and zones for your area at: https://floridadisaster.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=c788060028cb43809a25744ead39c0d6

 

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