LATEST UPDATE (May 27 6:40 pm)

Pinellas County is no longer under a Tropical Storm Warning, unless additional local watches or warnings are issued by the National Weather Service subsequent to this we should be out of any danger areas. We are still on a high surf advisory and small craft advisory.

Governor Scott declares State of Emergency for all 67 counties

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for all of Pinellas County, with a 25 – 30 percent chance the county will see sustained tropical storm force winds starting Sunday afternoon as Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches from the south.

Gov. Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency for all 67 counties in order to allow state and local governments to coordinate with federal partners to obtain any necessary resources.

Pinellas County Emergency Management is advising residents to prepare for heavy rain and possible wind throughout the weekend. The strongest winds should occur Sunday night, with conditions improving rapidly Monday after daybreak. In addition, Alberto will bring a less than 5 percent chance of isolated tornados beginning Saturday night and continuing through Monday morning.

The county also is under a Flood and Rip Current Watch, but not a Storm Surge Watch. Emergency Management expects tides at 1.5 – 3 feet above normal, which could result in flooding within low-lying coastal areas at high tide. The National Weather Service is warning of dangerous boating conditions tonight through Monday with waves reaching 6 – 10 feet.

Commuters should take care while driving, as localized street flooding is possible.

The county continues to monitor conditions and urges residents to follow Pinellas County on Facebook and Twitter for updates and preparedness information. Subtropical Storm Alberto developed early Friday and is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which traditionally begins on June 1.

For more information about preparing for weather-related events or emergencies, visitwww.pinellascounty.org/emergency. Residents can also sign up to receive emergency alerts via text, call or email through Alert Pinellas atwww.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas.

Pinellas: County under Tropical Storm Warning

County reminds residents to prepare for wind, rain throughout weekend

The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Pinellas County, meaning that tropical storm force winds are expected somewhere within the county within 36 hours as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves up the Gulf of Mexico. The forecast continues for call for maximum sustained winds of 20 – 30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph.

Pinellas County Emergency Management is advising residents to prepare for heavy rain and wind throughout the weekend. The strongest winds should occur Sunday, with conditions improving rapidly Monday after daybreak. In addition, Alberto will bring a less than 5 percent chance of isolated tornadoes beginning Saturday night and continuing through Monday morning.

Residents should use a National Weather Service radio or alert-enabled mobile phone during the overnight hours to stay up-to-date on potential tornado warnings. Residents can also sign up to receive weather advisories and other emergency alerts via text, phone or email through Alert Pinellas at www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas.

In addition to the Tropical Storm Warning, the county is under a Flood and Rip Current Watch, but not a Storm Surge Watch. Emergency Management expects tides at 1.5 – 3 feet above normal, which could result in flooding within low-lying coastal areas at high tide. The National Weather Service is warning of dangerous boating conditions tonight through Monday with waves reaching 6 – 10 feet. Rainfall in the amount of 2 – 4 inches is expected.

Commuters should take care while driving, as localized street flooding is possible, Beachgoers should stay up-to-date on the latest conditions and practice rip current safety steps outlined at https://www.weather.gov/safety/ripcurrent.

Gov. Rick Scott earlier today declared a State of Emergency for all 67 counties in order to allow state and local governments to coordinate with federal partners to obtain any necessary resources.

The county continues to monitor conditions and urges residents to follow Pinellas County on Facebook and Twitter for updates and preparedness information. Subtropical Storm Alberto developed early Friday and is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which traditionally begins on June 1.

For more information about preparing for weather-related events or emergencies, visit www.pinellascounty.org/emergency.