Florida and Mississippi launch emergency preparations ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Subtropical Storm Alberto

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

At 11 a.m. ET Sunday, the National Hurricane Centre said Alberto was about 210 kilometres west-southwest of Tampa, Fla., and moving north at 22 km/h.

At The Coast: A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and a Flash Flood Watch is in effect across Southern Alabama. Maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible along Alberto's track from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle, forecasters said.

A gradual strengthening is expected through the weekend as it moves north. Drier air from the fringes of Alberto may limit storm development.

The center of the storm is forecasted to come over the Alabama-Florida border.

"This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", Burke said.

The National Hurricane Center defines subtropical storm as a "subtropical cyclone" in which the maximum sustained wind speed - using the USA one-minute average - is 39 miles per hour or higher.

Another 1 to 2 inches of rain is expected through Sunday in the Manatee-Sarasota area, though specific areas could receive much more.

Subtropical Storm Alberto
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Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday with up to 15 inches of rain forecast over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Florida governor Rick Scott also declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties Saturday morning to 'prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring'.

A Tropical Storm watch has been issued for parts of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Indian Pass, Florida, westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level. These temperatures shoot up as we head throughout the day with scattered clouds.

In a tropical storm or hurricane, the deeper storms and the stronger winds are located very close to the storm's center.

Tornadoes: A few tornadoes are possible across the Florida peninsula today. Only a half-inch or less of rain is expected for Monday and the chance of rain will decrease from 70 percent to 40 percent as the day turns into evening.

For our area, Alberto has the potential to be a fairly significant rain event with the possibility of 4 to 6 inches of rain, while the northern Gulf Coast, from the Apalachicola area to New Orleans, is under a Tropical Storm Watch.

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