Archive: Subtropical Storm Alberto May 25, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.

To students, faculty, and staff:

This morning, Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the Caribbean Sea. A few notes from your Emergency Preparedness Team:

The Basics

Projected Path

Alberto is expected to move towards the central Gulf Coast over the weekend and make landfall on Monday.

Weather Forecast

Although Alberto will likely remain well away from us, the rainy weather associated with the storm will probably affect us throughout Sunday, Monday, and perhaps into Tuesday. Local meteorologists have been predicting a wet holiday weekend all along, so this wasn't likely to be a beach weekend for us anyway.

Safety

We've had quite a bit of rain in the last few weeks, so parts of Jacksonville may experience some localized flooding. Please keep basic flood safety in mind if you come across standing water in your travels around the area this weekend.

Flood Safety

If you encounter standing or flowing water deeper than your ankles, please exercise caution.

  • Do not walk or drive across flood waters.
  • Avoid recreational contact with flood waters.
  • Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. Most cars ​can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.​​
  • Use special caution at night because flood danger is more difficult to recognize in darkness.

Summary

Alberto doesn't change much for us this weekend. We were expecting rain; it just happens to be associated with Subtropical Storm Alberto now. Once Alberto moves out of the area, we'll probably resume the summer weather pattern of scattered afternoon thunderstorms.

Be safe out there, Dolphins!