States Declare Emergencies Ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto


"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring".

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

While Alberto is not expected to take a track anywhere near the Coastal Empire and Low Country directly. a lot of tropical moisture surging north ahead of the track will likely lead to very heavy downpours tonight into the early parts of Memorial Day. "Today, I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need", Scott said.

Alberto may strengthen slightly in the next several hours, but it looks like it has run out of time to transition to a fully tropical storm before it makes landfall around noon Monday on the Florida panhandle.

Much of the state was under flash flood watches.

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.

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

States Declare Emergencies Ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto
States Declare Emergencies Ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto comes during the Memorial Day weekend, and is expected to affect travel on Monday, when many people will return from their holidays.

Alberto is the first officially named storm of this hurrican season.

On Saturday, the National Hurricane Center called off the Tropical Storm Watch and Storm Surge Watch for the New Orleans area. Rough waters will remain be an issue through Tuesday, and the NHC is warning of a high risk of rip currents for the area.

Hurricane season doesn't formally start until June 1.

The storm was about 115 miles (185 km) southwest of Panama City, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 2 a.m. EDT, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The US-based National Hurricane Centre is warning that Alberto could produce up to 600 millimetres of rain in western Cuba.

Heavy rain continued to be the main concern from Alberto, with 4-8 inches possible across parts of Florida, Alabama and Georgia as the storm tracks inland.