ALBERTO LANDFALL NEAR SEASIDE, FL
BREAKING NEWS: ALBERTO MAKES LANDFALL… Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named tropical system of 2018, has just made landfall in southern Walton County, Florida near Rosemary Beach and Seaside. Impacts extend well away from the center point that has just crossed the coast.
FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS… Much of Okaloosa and Walton counties in northwest Florida are now under a Flash Flood Warning until later this evening. Crestview, Milligan, Baker, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Destin, Niceville, Wright, Eglin AFB, and Deerland in Okaloosa County are all included. In central & southern Walton County, Seaside, Rosemary Beach, Miramar Beach, Freeport, De Funiak Springs, Mossy Head, Red Bay, Choctaw Beach, and Bruce are included. Very heavy rain continues to fall in these areas. Please DO NOT drive over a water-covered roadway. Flooding kills way too many people in the U.S. and vast majority of these deaths are preventable.
RADAR CHECK… Very heavy rain is happening around the center of Alberto, particularly on the northern side. At the moment, the heaviest rain is happening near Freeport, Santa Rosa Beach, Sandestin, Destin, Seaside, Point Washington, Bruce, Mossy Head. Scattered showers are happening across southwest Alabama and northwest Florida, moving southwest around the center of Alberto’s circulation. Brewton, Evergreen, Poarch, Atmore, Bratt, and Walnut Hill all have heavier showers around right now.
NEXT FEW HOURS… Alberto will continuing lifting northward, bringing very heavy rain to Okaloosa, Covington, Walton, Geneva, and Coffee counties. Plenty of rain is likely through this evening, especially on the eastern side of our local area.
APP… I’ll have more updates over the next few hours in the RedZone Weather app (redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download).