Alberto Heads for Florida

By: Stacy Berman
By: Stacy Berman

June 12, 2006

As of 5 p.m. Alberto was not yet a hurricane, but none the less a very strong tropical storm, and was expected to strengthen into a Hurricane late Monday.

Tropical Storm Alberto is a wake-up call, telling people to be ready for what mother nature has to offer during Hurricane Season 2006. Florida's Gov. Jeb Bush addressed the public earlier today, telling them to take this storm seriously.

"But we've got a lot of work to do. This is, this potentially could be a hurricane, and it has a wide, potential wide impact for a lot of people in our state," explained Gov. Jeb Bush.

The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning from Ochlockonee River, Florida down to Longboat Key, Florida earlier Monday, meaning hurricane conditions are expected over the next 24 hours, but some people aren't heeding the warnings.

"Tropical storms, it's just a rainstorm," said one Florida resident.

"It'll blow right over, hopefully," added another Resident.

Still, others were preparing their homes for the storm.

Jean Hagan, a Clearwater, FL resident, wasn't taking any chances.

"Make sure my roof doesn't leak anymore, we make sure everything is inside so the wind doesn't get it. We have the wood cut for the windows if we have to put it up, that's what you have to do."

The real threat from Alberto is going to be the flooding rains. This storm has the potential to produce four to eight inches of rain with isolated amounts, up to 10 inches across central and northern Florida. However, rain is what Florida needs to not only alleviate their drought situation, but to help extinguish the wild fires.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the projected path takes Alberto off the Carolina coast late Wednesday into early Thursday, meaning we could see some rain and wind here in the Commonwealth mid-week.

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