U.S. Gulf Coast states brace for subtropical storm Alberto


For Central Florida, scattered showers and storms are expected on Monday. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

"I'm concerned and I'm listening and that's all I can do take it one step at a time", said Carmella from Saraland, Alabama.

The current projected path shows it will make landfall near Pensacola around 1 p.m. Monday as a subtropical storm, with winds of 65 miles per hour. According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. The drier air is weakening some of the storms bubbling up near the center of Alberto.

A news release from Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that for Taylor County, "Voluntary evacuations have been issued for those in coastal zones and beach communities (Keaton, Dekel, Cedar, Dark Islands), mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas".

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to remain well west of the Triangle as it moves north from the Gulf of Mexico, but the storm is helping to steer heavy, potentially flooding rains our way.

In case you were wondering subtropical storm Alberto.it will make landfall across the Western Panhandle of Florida or Southern Alabama Memorial Day with tropical storm force winds and 6 to 12"+ of rain".

Heavy rain and tropical storm conditions are likely to reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of the large storm system.

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The National Weather Service said rains in Cuba could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Nearly 140 damaging storm reports, including eight tornadoes, were made Sunday from the Midwest into the Rockies, where damage was reported to homes in Wyoming.

As The Associated Press reports, Hurricane Season doesn't officially begin until June 1 - this Friday - but that hasn't stopped the first big storm from forming out in the ocean and bearing down on the Gulf Coast. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

At 5 a.m. EDT Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 330 miles (530 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).

Forecasters said Alberto could bring life-threatening high water to southern coastal states when it slams an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes. While damaging winds and tornado are both under very low risks, Charlotteans may need to keep an eye out on those two as well.

His Mississippi and Alabama counterparts also declared states of emergency, citing the threat of coastal and inland flooding from storm rains.

US National Weather Service (NWS ) on Sunday released warnings that people living along coastal regions in Florida, Alabama and MS should "take this storm seriously", as up to a foot of rain is expected to flood low lying areas alongside high winds over the popular holiday weekend.