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Alberto Heading for the Florida Panhandle, with Alan Sealls

Alberto Heading for the Florida Panhandle, with Alan Sealls

Tropical storm force winds can be expected across southern and western parts of Georgia, Alabama, and southern and western MS throughout the day on Monday (see Fig. 1).

Florida and MS launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant said on Twitter that he has signed an emergency proclamation to make the National Guard and other resources available.

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018.

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday. Expect rounds of heavy rain through Tuesday with widespread rain totals of 2 to 3 inches expected with locally higher amounts possible.

Alberto is the first named storm of 2018, and it comes days before the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Landfall is most likely in the Florida Panhandle, maybe before sunrise near Apalachicola, or as late as the evening it were to take a more westward track to Pensacola.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain 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. A tropical storm watch and flash flood watch remain in effect.

The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday, bringing with it deadly rip currents.

The first named Atlantic storm of 2018 is expected to intensify and bring wind speeds of 65 miles per hour to the Gulf Coast when it approaches over the holiday on Monday, he said. By Saturday morning, the storm was gathering strength as it moved north.

In our area, the primary threat from Alberto is flooding from heavy rainfall.

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