Subtropical Storm Alberto Prompts Emergency Declarations in Florida, Mississippi, Alabama

Cesar Mills
May 28, 2018

As the subtropical storm system Alberto continues to move up the Gulf of Mexico toward Alabama through the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day, waves of heavy rainfall, thunderstorms, and gusty winds are to be expected throughout the Ocala area on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations.

Rick Scott (R) also declared a state of emergency in all of the state's 67 counties on Saturday.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant authorised the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - has formed in the Caribbean and is churning towards the US Gulf Coast.

It will bring heavy rain and winds of 100kmh (65mph) across southern states, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Alberto's top winds rose to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour early Sunday, up from 40 earlier, the National Hurricane Center said in a 11 a.m.

A more widespread area of rain and embedded storms will arrive early Tuesday and last all day before Alberto moves north of Alabama by Wednesday.

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Isolated Tornadoes are also possible with some of the stronger storms today across NCFL.

The chance for showers and thunderstorms on Sunday is a slight 20 percent, with most of the rain activity staying to the north of the Triangle and arriving in the late afternoon, according to Moss. This will take place as Alberto nears landfall between the Alabama and Western Florida panhandle coasts.

A storm surge watch is in effect along the US gulf coast, from Crystal River to the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The Florida peninsula has been dealing with days of heavy rain and strong storms from Alberto, and all of that is expected to track northward.

The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on the storm, and it has not strengthened much if at all, the center says.

Hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1, but Alberto apparently missed the memo.

The Florida Keys and south Florida are forecast to receive 3 to 6 inches of additional rain while the rest of the state is expected to experience 1 to 4 inches.

Wes Maul, the state's emergency management director, said timing of the storm is uncertain, but the entire state will feel the effects.

Other reports by GizPress

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