U.S. Gulf Coast states brace for subtropical storm Alberto

U.S. Gulf Coast states brace for subtropical storm Alberto

Alabama and MS have activated their National Guards in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is expected to make Landfall in Florida on Monday.

"From an economic standpoint most of the damage is already done, probably $600 or $700 million worth of lost economic activity due to rain, warnings and preparations", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

The flow of moisture out of the South is expected to continue, bringing a chance of daytime showers and thunderstorms to the Triangle through the week and into the weekend, Carroll said.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Wake, Chatham, Nash and Johnston counties and points south through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, people lined up Sunday to fill 10- and 20-pound bags full of sand to use to block flooding from the storm.

Tommy Whitlock said sandbagging has become a usual event in his life since he lives next to a creek.

On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday. The storms sustained winds have increased to 45 miles per hour and expected to grow before the storm reaches the Gulf Coast on Monday afternoon.

"I'm doing this because every time we have a hard rain, it floods at my house", Whitlock said. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast, the NHC said. Temperatures will drop for the start of the week, but the humidity remains high. High surf will remain a threat along local beaches and the danger of rip currents will exist until conditions calm down.

On Saturday evening, the storm was located about 95 miles north of the western tip of Cuba and 275 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 70 miles west of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). The storm had top sustained winds of 85 km/h.

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.

This should be a quiet period with mostly cloudy skies and isolated shower and storms.

Tracey Gasper and her six-year-old son, Chase, travelled to Biloxi Beach from Donaldsonville, Louisiana, for a day of fun in the sun with a group of friends from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

It has been a (mostly) dry holiday weekend, albeit very warm and muggy.

"We've got now, at double red flags", Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said at a news conference Sunday.

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