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Tropical Storm Warnings are up along Gulf Coast ahead of Alberto

28 May 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto has begun moving north toward the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to a 7 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

Florida and MS launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

"Alberto could bring tropical storm conditions and storm surge to portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast later this weekend and early next week", the hurricane center said.

STORM SURGE WATCH from mouth of River east, does not include Lake Pontchartrain.

The Florida panhandle into eastern Alabama and western Georgia.4 to 8 inches, isolated 12 inches.

All 67 Florida counties were issued the emergency notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement. Gradual strengthening is expected, although Alberto is not forecast to become a hurricane.

Here is the latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto as of the 4PM on Saturday.

Eddy Warner loads sand bags as he waits for family members to assist and tie off and load the bags into his vehicle while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf
Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency across Florida over fears of subtropical storm Alberto

The current wind forecast brings a small chance of tropical storm force winds into eastern parts of the area, especially along the MS coast. General rainfall totals on the order of 2-4 inches are possible, with heavier amounts under the stronger rainbands.

Even though Alberto's track is slicing through the Gulf of Mexico toward the west Florida Panhandle, Alabama or MS, its effects will be felt east along the Florida Gulf Coast and Central Florida, DeCarlo said.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions will spread northward in the warning area along the west coast of Florida today and will reach the warning area along the northern Gulf Coast by this evening. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts.

"Right now, we've been pumping 24/7 since last Sunday", said South Florida Water Management District employee Carl Olsen.

An isolated tornado could be possible in the outer bands of the storm and weather and emergency management officials are urging people to pay close attention to the weather over the weekend.

Alberto is officially classed as a subtropical storm, which can develop into tropical storms and potentially hurricanes. Orlando will likely experience heavy winds and rain starting Sunday, which will intensify though Memorial Day.

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Tropical Storm Warnings are up along Gulf Coast ahead of Alberto