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.
Update (May 27)
Flood Watch cancelled
Rip currents and high surf associated with Subtropical Storm Alberto will remain a concern through Monday, and Pinellas County Emergency Management is advising citizens who venture out to the beaches to exercise extreme caution.
The storm was just west of Pinellas County at 2 p.m. Sunday, heading in a northwest direction. Its circulation was pulling a patch of dry air into our area, causing forecasted conditions to improve by lowering the chances of rain and tornadic activity. However, the watches and warnings the County is under may remain in place through the evening; with a possibility of all except a Rip Current Watch being canceled by Monday. Specifically:
– Pinellas County is in a Tropical Storm Warning
– A Flood Watch has been canceled.
– A High Rip Current Risk watch is in effect through Monday evening.
– A Small Craft Advisory has been issued for the entire Tampa Bay area.
– A High Surf Advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 6 a.m. Monday.
– Pinellas County can still expect rainfall totals of 1 – 2.5 inches through Monday. Higher amounts could occur in rain banding.
Commuters should take care while driving, as localized street flooding is possible.
Update (May 27)
Subtropical Storm Alberto is moving to the north at 15 MPH through the eastern Gulf of Mexico early this morning and is forecast to turn to the northwest later today. Alberto has become a little stronger with a minimum central pressure of 997 MB, and maximum sustained winds have increased to 45 MPH. Click here for tips on flood preparation.
Update (May 26)
Sustained 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph possible Saturday night and Sunday. Dangerous boating conditions Tonight through Monday with waves 6-10 feet and gusts to gale force. High Surf and Rip Currents this afternoon through Monday. 2-5” of rain with minor overland flooding Tonight and Sunday; Additional rainfall next week.
What to do:
- Stay connected – Sign up to receive emergency alerts at www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/stayconnected.htm
- Trim your trees and remove any yard debris to help keep storm drains clear.
- Secure your outdoor property (lawn furniture, grills, trash cans, etc) or bring it inside.
- Clear any debris from drains in your neighborhood or parking lot.
- Turn around don’t drown.
FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY EVENING… The NWS in Tampa Bay Area – Ruskin FL has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of central Florida, northern Florida, south central Florida, southwest Florida, and west central Florida, including the following areas, in central Florida, Hardee, Polk, and Sumter. In northern Florida, Coastal Levy and Inland Levy. In south central Florida, DeSoto and Highlands. In southwest Florida, Coastal Charlotte, Coastal Lee, Inland Charlotte, and Inland Lee. In west central Florida, Coastal Citrus, Coastal Hernando, Coastal Hillsborough, Coastal Manatee, Coastal Pasco, Coastal Sarasota, Inland Citrus, Inland Hernando, Inland Hillsborough, Inland Manatee, Inland Pasco, Inland Sarasota, and Pinellas. * From Saturday afternoon through Monday evening * Abundant tropical moisture streaming north into the region on the eastern side of newly formed subtropical storm Alberto over the northwest Caribbean will increase the potential for heavy rain across all of the west central and southwest Florida on Saturday and continuing through Monday evening as Alberto lifts slowly north northwest though the east central Gulf of Mexico. Widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts will be possible over the watch area through the period. * The heavy rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. Flooding will also affect roadways, rivers, creeks, and smaller streams. Remember to not drive across flooded roadways. Turn around. Don’t drown. Residents living in flood prone areas as well as along rivers and faster flowing streams should keep alert to any rapid rises in water levels and be ready to move to higher ground if flooding is observed. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop