Here’s the latest.
First, a look at the radar over Florida as of 11:15 p.m. Sunday. For a look at the live, interactive radar, click here.
- As of Sunday at 11 p.m., the storm was located about 205 miles west of Tampa, and 95 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola.
- It is moving northwest at 9 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph, with higher gusts. The storm picked up speed throughout the day Sunday, but it slowed back down as Sunday night turned to Monday morning. It is expected to stay about this strong before its forecasted landfall in the northern Gulf Coast on Monday afternoon or Monday night. Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.
- County emergency officials continue to monitor flood-prone areas, but so far no issues have been reported. According to the National Weather Service, some areas along Florida’s west coast could get as much as 1-4 inches of rain.
- The Sunshine Skyway Bridge remains open to all traffic, but the Florida Highway Patrol urges caution as winds pick up.
Watches and warnings:
A tropical storm warning is NO LONGER IN EFFECT south of the Suwannee River, so the Tampa Bay area is now in the clear.
Coastal areas throughout the northern and northeastern Gulf are under a high rip current risk and high surf advisory.
A flood watch is in effect for all of Tampa Bay. The region is currently at “marginal” risk of flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
A storm surge watch has been extended from Crystal River to the Mississippi/Alabama border as the storm could cause tides to run 2-4 feet above normal. The Tampa Bay is not longer under a storm surge watch at the moment, but that could, of course, change.
What to expect:
Residents along the much of Florida’s west coast can expect tropical storm conditions going into Sunday night. Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue early Monday, with scattered thunderstorms into the afternoon and night.
It is forecast to produce rainfall totals of 4-8 inches in the Florida Panhandle, 3-6 inches in the Florida Keys and South Florida with isolated totals of 10 inches, and 1-4 inches for the rest of Florida, including Tampa Bay.
A small craft advisory is in effect from Tarpon Springs to the south through Monday. Gale-force winds are possible starting Sunday, and seas could rise 2-4 feet above normal today and 8-11 feet by Sunday morning.
Expect waves of 4-5 feet along the coast, with dangerous rip currents and hazardous beach conditions.
Hillsborough County is making sandbags available at three locations: Edward Medard Park, 6140 S Turkey Creek Rd, Plant City; E.G. Simmons Park 2401 19th Ave NW, Ruskin; and Ed Radice Sport Complex 14720 Ed Radice Dr. Tampa. A maximum of 10 sandbags per household and 10 sandbags per vehicle may be obtained from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday,
Pasco County has sandbags available at three locations until further notice. They are: Magnolia Valley Golf Course Clubhouse, 7223 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey; C-Barn, 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio; and City of New Port Richey, 6420 Pine Hill Road.