Walton County Emergency Management Facebook Update: Storm Watch Good Afternoon, As of the 4pm CDT advisory Coastal Walton County was placed under a Tropical Storm and Storm Surge Watch for Subtropical Storm Alberto. A Tropical Storm Watch is issued when a tropical cyclone containing winds of 34 to 63 kt (39 to 73 mph) or higher poses a possible threat, generally within 48 hours. These winds may be accompanied by storm surge, coastal flooding, and/or river flooding. The watch does not mean that tropical storm conditions will occur. It only means that these conditions are possible Summary of Potential Impacts: • Alberto is expected to move into the Southern Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. • The primary threat is likely to be heavy rainfall capable of causing flood flooding and river flooding. • Tropical storm force winds are possible along the Florida Panhandle Coast. • All areas along the Florida Gulf Coast have the potential for 2 to 4 feet of storm surge. • Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. • Alberto will begin to pick up forward speed by Saturday evening and near the Gulf Coast late Sunday or Monday • Tropical storm force winds could begin to affect coastal areas of the Florida Panhandle as soon as Sunday morning. • Walton County has a 3 in 10 chance of seeing sustained tropical storm force winds from Alberto. • The threat for any tropical storm force winds should decrease by Tuesday morning. • Highest storm surge is expected Sunday afternoon. • Elevated water levels may continue through the high tide cycle Monday. Walton County Actions: • Talking points have been developed and distributed to: o WCSO Dispatch o SWFD Dispatch o DFSPD Dispatch o 211 o TDC • Once daily conference calls with: o National Weather Service - Tallahassee o National Weather Service - Mobile o Florida Division of Emergency Management WCEM will continue to monitor and will provide updates as more information becomes available. If you have any questions feel free to contact emergency management.