Distant Alberto will send heavy rainfall to the Outer Banks

By on May 27, 2018

Rain from Alberto spreads over Florida Sunday. (NOAA)

Subtropical Storm Alberto is forecast to push a slug of moisture toward eastern North Carolina on Memorial Day, producing showers and thunderstorms by the afternoon.

While the storm in the Caribbean Sunday is expected to move onto the Gulf Coast, it will interact with other weather factors and send rain several hundred miles away toward the northeast, according to the National Weather Service office in Morehead City.

The Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch for the region until noon Tuesday.

On the Outer Banks, standing water can accumulate along N.C. 12 and in areas with poor drainage during heavy downpours. But significant problems from tropical storms usually are caused by wind-driven water and waves, which will not be the case here with distant Alberto.

Alberto is not organized enough to be considered a tropical storm, but it is still producing plenty of rain and maximim sustained winds of 65 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

After crossing the Gulf Coast, it will head north into the Tennessee Valley. But the weather will remain unsettled all the way to the coast, creating the possibility of rain well into the week.

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  • Bud

    Nothing wrong with a day of rain and wind.

    Sunday, May 27 @ 10:48 am
  • Bud

    A break from the sun and heat is always welcome!

    Monday, May 28 @ 8:40 am
  • Runnerguy

    Looks like nothing so far.

    Monday, May 28 @ 11:04 am