The approach of Subtropical Storm Alberto has prompted the governors of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi to declare states of emergency, warning residents and Memorial Day tourists of forthcoming heavy rain, high winds, storm surges, and flash flooding. "Remember, the track of these storms can change without notice," said Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R). "Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted."
Here are the key messages for #Alberto as of 5 am EDT. Tropical storm warnings are now in effect for the entire coast from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Alabama-Mississippi border. More info at https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/oQitN8WQKF
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 27, 2018
Alberto is expected to make landfall sometime Monday, gathering strength as it moves northward through the Caribbean and up the Gulf Coast. Hurricane season officially begins June 1, and experts are predicting a fairly normal year despite this head start. Bonnie Kristian
At least seven people were killed in connection with the "bomb cyclone" storm that swept through the Northeast Friday, and some 2.3 million people remain without power in their homes and businesses. Amtrak has suspended service along its Northeast corridor; 3,300 flights have been canceled; and there are road closures thanks to downed trees and power lines from Maryland to Maine.
The storm is beginning to subside Saturday, but flooding, especially in coastal areas of Massachusetts, remains a grave threat. Boston Harbor is expected to experience record-setting floods Friday night through Saturday morning. Below, watch waves in Scituate, Massachusetts, crash over a two-story home. Bonnie Kristian
The waves hitting Scituate today are higher than the roof on a two-story house. Worst flooding still to come tonight pic.twitter.com/hXJvALAu7e
— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) March 2, 2018
Heavy rains over the weekend are expected to exacerbate deadly flooding in the Midwest and southern Plains regions. Hundreds of people have evacuated their homes in affected areas from eastern Texas through southern Indiana, and at least three people, including one child, have been killed in connection to the floods.
***There is now a HIGH RISK of flash flooding from the Arklatex region into the Ohio Valley for SATURDAY*** pic.twitter.com/fa4yxMW433
— NWS WPC (@NWSWPC) February 23, 2018
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) has declared a 30-day state of emergency, and Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has issued a disaster proclamation for three counties. The National Weather Service advises caution of flash floods and tornadoes throughout the weekend. Bonnie Kristian
A major Midwest snowstorm has blanketed parts of Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio with about nine inches of snow and counting.
Snowfall on Friday with an accumulation rate of about one inch per hour grounded some 1,500 flights in the region, and continued snowfall over the course of the weekend is expected to bring total accumulation to about one foot in much of the effected area. At least two people have been killed in connection to the storm, one by a car crash and the other by a heart attack brought on by the exertion of shoveling deep snow.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 10, 2018
Temperatures remain extremely low in the Northeast Sunday but are expected to rise 10 to 20 degrees over the coming week after days of severe cold, high winds, and heavy snow. "With the wind dying down it will probably feel significantly better although many of these areas will still be below freezing," said Patrick Burke of the National Weather Service of Sunday's weather on the East Coast.
CBS reports at least 22 people have died in connection to the record low temperatures observed across the country since the end of December. Significant snowfall has occurred as far south as Tallahassee, Florida, while some parts of New England have seen dangerous coastal flooding paired with single-digit temperatures. Bonnie Kristian
New Yorkers will mark the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday with heavy winds and rain brought in by Tropical Storm Philippe. A flash flood warning is in effect for New York City as well as surrounding areas, including parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) October 28, 2017
Philippe made landfall on the southern tip of Florida early Sunday and will move up the Atlantic coast over the course of the day. The storm is not expected to become a hurricane but could produce up to eight inches of rain in some locations. Bonnie Kristian
Hurricane Nate was expected to accelerate into a Category 2 storm as it made landfall in Gulf Coast states Saturday night, but instead the storm slowed and was downgraded to a tropical storm once again.
Nate made landfall Saturday in the New Orleans area and then again around Biloxi, Mississippi. Sunday morning, the National Hurricane Center's forecast saw the storm moving northeast through Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky, weakening as it goes.
Though the storm winds have slowed, Nate is still bringing heavy rains. Biloxi is experiencing some flooding; evacuation orders remain in effect for some low-lying areas near the Gulf; and power outages are widespread. Bonnie Kristian
Lightning strikes killed at least 33 people in a 36-hour period in India's eastern state of Odisha, AccuWeather and The Times of India report. The victims are the latest casualties of this year's devastating monsoon season, which has left nearly 700 people dead across the country due to flooding, landslides, and thunderstorms.
"There is an urgent need to make people aware of how to deal with the natural calamities like lightning and remain safe," said special relief commissioner B.P. Sethi.
Most of those killed in Odisha were poor farm workers and kendu leaf pluckers. On average, 325 people die of lightning strikes in Odisha every year. Jeva Lange