Pinellas Warns Residents to Be Ready for Heavy Rain
Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to dump an additional three inches to five inches of rain by Tuesday.
PINELLAS COUNTY – Pinellas County Emergency Management is advising residents to prepare for heavy rain and possible winds expected from the development of Subtropical Storm Alberto.
Showers and storms, with locally heavy rainfall, remain in the forecast through the weekend.
Subtropical Storm Alberto developed early Friday and is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which traditionally begins on June 1. According to the National Weather Service in Ruskin, a subtropical storm means that the system has a mixture of tropical and frontal characteristics that will bring increasing moisture and a renewed threat for more widespread heavy rainfall from late Friday through the holiday weekend.
Local impacts are expected to include
- An additional three inches to five inches of rain through Tuesday (May 29).
- Locally, rainfall may exceed six inches.
- Increased potential for tides of one to two feet above normal.
- Winds will be increasing with stronger sustained winds expected late Saturday (May 26) into Sunday (May 27).
- Localized flooding is likely in areas that see higher rain totals and are susceptible to flooding.
- Stream and river flooding concerns through the week remain because of the continued threat for heavy rain.
Pinellas County will be closely monitoring the situation and will relay any new information or weather threats as warranted.
Now is a good time for residents to review their preparedness plans in case of a weather-related event or emergency. Residents can also sign-up for Alert Pinellas to receive emergency notifications and weather advisories directly to their phone and email. Go to pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas to sign up. Residents can also download the Ready Pinellas app to view preparedness checklists and customized plans by visiting the Apple App Store or Google Play.
For information about preparing for weather-related events or emergencies, go to pinellascounty.org/emergency.
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