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

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

Storms and showers will return during the afternoon and evening carrying over into Tuesday. The Florida panhandle, a good portion of Alabama and western Georgia are dramatically more at risk for flash flooding with this storm. "Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the Southeast United States, including Florida", it said. It had winds of up to 60 miles per hour and was expected to increase to tropical storm conditions as it gets closer to shore.

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - a season that doesn't formally begin until June 1, the National Hurricane Center says.

The National Weather Service's Miami office extended its flood watch in South Florida to 6 p.m. Monday as a result of the storm.

Subtropical Storm Alberto headed toward anticipated landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast, where white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds. "Even after the storm, the swells are still traveling our direction creating rip currents".

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.

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Mark Bowen, Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides.

A two- to four-foot storm surge or rise in water is still expected along the coast to the right/east of where Alberto makes landfall. Alberto was expected to bring heavy rain and severe wind to Florida and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

Storm Alberto lashed the western Cuban region of Artemisa on Sunday (May 27), swelling a nearby river and dumping up to 12 cm of rain in less than eight hours. A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. The former Californian and now Gulf Breeze resident said she's used to bigger waves and made sure to take precautions that included using her board leash. The chance of precipitation during the Memorial Day holiday is 80 percent.

"We've never seen one (storm) before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said.

The weather service cautioned, though, that the storm is several days away and there remains a great deal of uncertainty about how it will affect the Northeast.