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

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The National Hurricane Center warns that heavy rain and flooding is expected on the island of Cuba, as well as southern Florida and the Florida Keys.

Alberto will likely make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday somewhere between Western Florida and Coastal Louisiana.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - has formed in the Caribbean and is churning towards the US Gulf Coast.

- Alberto has strengthened to 50 miles per hour winds, but is still a subtropical system.

Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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

This means widespread rain and isolated storms will be likely in our area Monday through Wednesday.

Tropical downpours will move northward into NCFL starting on Sunday.

Areas across the Gulf Coast will see widespread rain amount between 4-8 inches.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts June 1 - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

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It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app.

Along the coast three to six inches of rain are expected.

But where and when the storm will make landfall depends on when the storm makes a northwest turn in the central Gulf of Mexico. However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time. Its expected to turn north Sunday morning, then north-northwest Monday night, moving at 13 miles per hour. In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, which spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season, was packing maximum sustained winds near 65 miles per hour (105 kph) and was expected to drop as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

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