TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO
A tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa into the eastern Atlantic Ocean on June 18. The wave was badly organized for
the most part, so no significant development occurred as it moved quickly to the west through the waters of the Atlantic.
The wave reached the Lesser Antilles a few days later, producing showers and thunderstorms over the islands. On June 26, an
area of deep convection formed over the wave when it was just to the north of Puerto Rico. The wave then moved over Cuba and
continued to organize, and became Tropical Depression One by June 30 at 1 AM EST while located just south of the western tip
of Cuba. For the next day, a low located over the southern Gulf of Mexico steered the storm slowly to the WSW and prohibited
strengthening. As the low moved away on July 2, the depression turned to the north and was allowed to quickly strengthen into
Tropical Storm Alberto while located about 100 miles north of the northern Yucatan Peninsula. Over the next day, Alberto strengthened
slowly as it moved north and reached its peak intensity on July 3 with a pressure of 993 mbar and winds of 65 mbar as it made
landfall near Destin, Florida. At the time of landfall, satellite images showed a spot near the center of the storm that may
have been the first stages of a formation of an eye. However, once making landfall, Alberto quickly weakened to a depression
later on the 3rd, and began to slow in speed as it inched to the northeast. The depression stalled all together for a short
period on July 5 before it drifted east and dissipated on July 7 over Alabama. Alberto's effects were very severe for the
storm's intensity. When the storm stalled over Georgia, 24-27 inches of rain fell in some areas in a 24 hour period, causing
rivers to swell and street flooding. A total of 30 people died; and 28 of these were in Georgia as a result of the flooding.
The other two deaths occurred in Alabama. Over 20,000 of people were evacuated from low-lying areas in the region, even well
outside and above the normal flood plains of the area's rivers. Among thousands of homes and hundreds of businesses, the campus
of Albany State University was flooded up to the second floor. The enormous water pressure from this deep flooding also caused
caskets and coffins to pop out of the ground in cemetaries, sometimes getting hung up in trees downstream. Alberto was reported
as the worst storm ever to affect Georgia. Total losses were reported at 700 million in 2005 dollars.