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

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border all the way through to Bonita Beach, Florida.

Alberto has been named the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which is set to begin on June 1.

Gulf Coast residents should "take this storm seriously", the National Weather Service said early on Sunday, as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north, threatening heavy rains and winds to the southern coastal states.

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. If the storm holds to the predictions, coastal Alabama and MS parts of the News 5 area only get moderate or small rain, wind and surge impact.

Forecasters say 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain is expected on saturated ground with isolated areas getting up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf
Alberto Nearing Hurricane Strength

The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant activated the National Guard.

Rain bands are rotating into South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida this afternoon with tropical storm force wind gusts being experienced across parts of Florida as Alberto moves to the northwest at 10 miles per hour. As it travels up the warm waters of the Gulf, it could well become a full tropical storm. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level. The higher initial impacts of surge, rain, wind, would be eastward into the western and central Florida Panhandle, and later into Escambia Co AL and Conecuh Co AL.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week, and further deluges could leave those areas vulnerable to flash flooding and river flooding.

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