Travel Alert May 2018: Tropical Storm Alberto to Affect Northern Gulf Coast of the United States

The official start of hurricane season is June 1 of every year — but that has not stopped Subtropical Storm Alberto from forming in the Gulf of Mexico a few days early and becoming the first named tropical system of 2018; and as the characteristics of the storm are expected to become more tropical in nature, the storm should be designated as a tropical storm.

Travel Alert May 2018: Tropical Storm Alberto to Affect Northern Gulf Coast of the United States

If the northern Gulf Coast of the United States is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Tropical Storm Alberto.

Tropical Storm Alberto

Tropical Storm Alberto churns in a disorganized manner in the Gulf of Mexico. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Tropical Storm Alberto — which is currently approximately 190 miles west of Tampa and moving northwest at a speed of 12 miles per hour — have strengthened to 65 miles per hour; but it is not expected to develop into a Category 1 hurricane before landfall is expected at the panhandle of Florida sometime during the day tomorrow, Monday, May 28, 2018. Wind gusts are up to 75 miles per hour.

Tropical Storm Alberto

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect for the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from the Mississippi state line east to north of Saint Petersburg in Florida.

Flooding will be the main threat of this storm — although beach erosion, rough surf, localized flash flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall of up to eight inches is possible in some areas. Power outages are also possible.

Most of the state of Alabama and the panhandle of Florida is expected to be significantly impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding; but flood alerts have been issued for the northern half of Georgia — as well as most of South Carolina and North Carolina.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to the Gulf Coast of the United States over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as the storm closes in on the northern Gulf Coast of the United States.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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