Weather Alert: Subtropical Storm Alberto to bring flooding rain, wind and possible tornadoes

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Flash Flood Watch and Special Weather Statement issued for local area in advance of Subtropical Storm Alberto

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for many areas in Georgia, including Walton, Gwinnett and surrounding counties, for Monday morning, May 28, 2018 to Tuesday evening, May 29, 2018.

The NWS reports that this weather alert is due to Subtropical storm Alberto that will progress northward through the Florida Panhandle and Alabama through Monday evening bringing a lot of moisture east of its track. This will increase rainfall with an average of 2 to 3 inches, but some areas could receive as much as 4 to 5 inches through Tuesday. This could lead to flash flooding across the area as well as some river and small creeks flooding. Stay tuned for the possibility of Flash Flood warnings being issued.

In addition, a Special Weather Statement has been issued in advance of Subtropical storm Alberto with bands of showers and thunderstorms expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue to impact the area through Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Potential impacts include flooding rain, wind and the possibility of isolated tornadoes. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph will be possible, primarily across western Georgia. However, strong gusty winds could also be present in thunderstorms embedded within rain bands and, with the already saturated ground, this could cause trees to fall at lower wind speeds, bringing down power lines and leading to power outages. There also is a chance that strong storms embedded in the rain bands could be capable of producing brief tornadoes on Monday and Tuesday.

Stay tuned for possible warnings and watches.

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