Florida declares state of emergency over Subtropical Storm Alberto

Florida declares state of emergency over Subtropical Storm Alberto

"We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast". The rain will continue to push northward bringing a 90 percent chance of rain by Monday night and a 100 percent chance of rain on Tuesday. "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

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.

A storm surge watch is in effect along the USA gulf coast, from Crystal River to the mouth of the Mississippi River. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

The latest information from the Bay County Emergency Operations Center suggests Tropical Storm Alberto is now expected to make landfall somewhere between the Big Bend area and Destin around 7 a.m. Monday, May 28.

The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to hit the U.S. northern Gulf Coast on Monday, the National Weather Service has declared.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall.

Tides will run about 1-2 ft. higher and rip currents will be a problem on area beaches. Winds will still be increasing into the afternoon with up to tropical storm gusts of 40 miles per hour along the coast. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

His Mississippi and Alabama counterparts also declared states of emergency, citing the threat of coastal and inland flooding from storm rains. The higher initial impacts of surge, rain, wind, would be eastward into the western and central Florida Panhandle, and later into Escambia Co AL and Conecuh Co AL.

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