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Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds.

The Governors of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declared states of emergencies ahead of the first named storm of the 2018 tropical season.

"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", Scott said in a written statement.

An official from the National Weather Service warns that even after Subtropical Storm Alberto passes, there's still a risk for rip currents. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

Parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama could get from four to eight inches (10 to 20 centimetres) with some areas getting more than a foot of rain. Because of expected deteriorating weather, the sandbag distribution points will not be open Sunday, the county said. On the current path it will make landfall as a subtropical torm. somewhere across the western Florida Panhandle.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is a little better organized this morning and winds are at 45 miles per hour.

Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast. The storm is also pushing rain bands towards the coast, Gardner said, so there could be some heavy rain there as well.


The center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

On Sunday morning, the storm was located about 210 km west-southwest of Tampa, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters.

Authorities say conditions are especially unsafe with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans.

The projected storm track for Alberto has shifted eastward, according to reports, lessening the threat to oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, but increasing the danger to northeastern Florida coastal areas.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app.


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