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US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering

US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 miles per hour.

A couple of brief tornadoes are possible today from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, and southeastern Alabama. Alberto was expected to bring heavy rain and severe wind to Florida and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening.

"Little change in strength is expected before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast later today", Cangialosi said. Red flags along the beach are expected to be up on Monday. "We're expecting mostly dry conditions overnight except the northern part of Southeast Georgia will have some showers that linger in the overnight hours", Kennedy said.

The US states of Alabama, Florida and MS have declared an emergency ahead of subtropical storm Alberto expected to make landfall on Monday, authorities said.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations.

Doody said while this storm may be an isolated case, weather in the Bay State this Memorial Day weekend will be cooler than normal and fairly cloudy, though he suggests that you might want to stay away from beaches.

Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.

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"There are no strong climate signals saying it's going to be extremely active, like past year, or extremely weak", said Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, speaker with reporters Thursday. "That means that people are not allowed to go in the water, there could be legal consequences if they go in the water because there are very risky surf conditions so we do that for their safety as well as the safety of responders".

Subtropical storm Alberto continued to move northward through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, apparently heading toward the Florida Panhandle, l...

For Central Florida, the biggest threat will be heavy rainfall.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for Franklin County's barrier islands and anybody living on the coastline in mobile homes and recreational vehicle parks.

Landfall is expected to be between Seagrove Beach and Destin in the Florida Panhandle.

Over 350mm of rain is possible along the coast, which in the long term will be beneficial, given the dry conditions which have prevailed in recent weeks. An additional 1-4 inches of rain will be possible, which could result in minor flooding.

The storm spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season. Maximum winds were 50 miles per hour. gusting to 65 miles per hour.