Follow The Progress Of Alberto As Rains Pound The Bay Area


Alberto is a subtropical storm, not a hurricane but heavy rains are pounding the Bay Area as well as the West Coast of Florida all day Sunday. The biggest problem at this point is flooding and people are doing their best to keep low area’s as dry as possible.

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State agencies like the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are also at the ready. They have boats, swamp-buggies and jet skis on standby for any signs of flooding. At the news of incoming storm Alberto they sent one swamp buggie, essentially to help people should the flood waters start to become a problem along the west coast.

Alberto is the first storm to be named ahead of the official June 1 start of hurricane season, is expected to gain strength until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

This morning the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 330 miles south of Apalachicola, Fla., and moving north-northeast at 13 mph. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 mph and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

As of 8 a.m. EDT Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 330 miles south of Apalachicola, Fla., and moving north-northeast at 13 mph. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 mph and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties. Meanwhile, in Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey made the declaration for 40 counties. Then came Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant also issuing a state of emergency in his state.

Scott urged Floridians to get ready for the storm and develop an emergency preparedness plan.

“Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice,” Scott said. “Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted – everyone in our state must be prepared.

 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.