States Declare Emergencies Ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto


Alberto is expected to make landfall early this afternoon.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions will spread across the warning area throughout the day. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs". This storm will probably not impact us in a much weaker state until late next week into the start of next weekend with some showers and a few storms.

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned due to high surf and unsafe conditions.

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.

Florida, Alabama and MS launched emergency preparations on Saturday.

The storm's effects were being felt in South Florida, in the Keys and across the state, with 1 to 3 inches of more rain expected Monday, forecasters said, in areas already saturated from an above-normal rainfall in May. The main threat is from heavy rain that could lead to flooding, the city said, but also high winds and storm surge could cause problems.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations.

The NWS predicts that waves on Memorial Day could be anywhere from three to six feet high with rip currents a major risk factor to swimmers. Some of those storms could be severe, he said.

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Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.

"It was a 50-50 chance of whether to come down and we chose to chance it", Gasper said. "We'll hang out and see how it goes".

In the tropics, the story has been Subtropical Storm Alberto, which makes landfall later today across the Panhandle of Florida.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for Franklin County's barrier islands and anybody living on the coastline in mobile homes and recreational vehicle parks.

Rick Scott (R) also declared a state of emergency in all of the state's 67 counties on Saturday. Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its hurricane season forecast last week and it predicts 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 miles per hour (100 kph).