"Alberto" a bad memory for Georgia | News
Hearing the name "Tropical Storm Alberto" brought back some bad memories for many Georgians. This isn't the first Tropical Storm Alberto. Back in 1994, a relatively weak tropical storm made landfall near Destin, Florida at the end of June. The storm slowly moved up to the north and northeast as it continued to pump in plenty of rain. The slow movement of this storm caused record rain and flooding in Georgia. You can see the track of the storm as it moved slowly northeastward, then stalled south of Atlanta and started to move back down to the southwest.
There were some impressive rainfall amounts with this storm in 1994. Albany had the most rain at 27.61 inches between July 4 and July 7th. Take a look at the rainfall amounts map from the NWS. Atlanta got around 8 inches of rain on the south side, between 4 and 6 inches north of Atlanta. The heaviest rain was in central Georgia. We had record flooding on the Flint, Ocmulgee, and Chattahoochee Rivers.
It's amazing that this storm was never a hurricane. It was a weak tropical storm when it made landfall. It's the slow forward motion that caused the heavy rain and flooding. This week tropical storm ended up causing $500 million dollars in damaged and caused 28 deaths in Georgia.
The National Hurricane Center retires names of storms that are particularly strong, or cause a lot of damage or fatalities. They didn't retire the name Alberto, even though many people think it should be retired. For those who lived through the Alberto of 1994, it is a little disconcerting to hear that another "Tropical Storm Alberto" is churning again.
The Tropical Storm Alberto that we are dealing with in 2012 won't be anything like the one in 1994. We will have another advisory between 10:30 and 11pm that I will share with you when it comes in.