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

Subtropical Storm Alberto

Image By NOAACruise Lines Monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto in Gulf of Mexico By Emrys Thakkar

If it sticks to the forecast track, the center of Alberto will cross the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night and approach the northern Gulf Coast late Sunday or Monday.

Subtropical storm Alberto continues to move into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for.

Residents can expect gusty wind near the coast, isolated tornados and localized flooding from heavy rainfall, the advisory says.

It is expected to build up to wind speeds of about 50mph and dump about 12 inches of water as it crashes into an area that takes in MS to western Georgia. This has prompted the National Hurricane Center to issue a Tropical Storm Watch for much of the Greater Tampa Bay Area. The storm, with winds up to 50 miles per hour, is expected to reach landfall in Florida's panhandle early Monday.

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. A gradual strengthening was expected through the weekend as it moves north.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties, starting at 6 a.m. Sunday. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

Subtropical Storm Alberto
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A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast.

Alberto continues to be a weak and disorganized storm Sunday morning as it works its way through the eastern Gulf. In an update on preparedness efforts issued Saturday, Scott said the Florida National Guard has 5,500 guard members on call to help with storm-related emergencies. On Sunday there will likely be two areas where rain is more likely this afternoon in Central Alabama, with the earliest chance in Northwest Alabama and later in areas to the south and east.

A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline, in the indicated locations.

At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 28.5 North, longitude 85.8 West. Winds will also be an issue on Monday night and Tuesday with gusts of 40 miles per hour in numerous high elevations across the region.

At 11 p.m. EDT Saturday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 400 miles (645 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).

Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the area rebuilding from a devastating flood about two years ago that killed two people and damaged dozens of buildings.

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