Florida Is In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

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Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties on Saturday in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night.

No effects from Subtropical Storm Alberto are expected for southeast Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night. A storm surge watch has been discontinued west of the Florida/Alabama border. Local rain totals could approach 4 inches.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Some five to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph).

"Whether you're a resident of this state or just visiting, you need to stay updated on this evolving tropical system", Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said in a statement.

The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday, bringing with it deadly rip currents. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

Some dry air has moved under the storm and may limit the rain over the Suncoast for a time.

In our area, the primary threat from Alberto is flooding from heavy rainfall.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted.

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