Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

Alberto could cause US$400 million to US$500 million across the region, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview.

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

Alberto's maximum sustained winds are now 65 miles per hour (100 kph) with higher gusts and the minimum central pressure reads 991 MB or 29.27 inches.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm passes there will still be swells that could cause risky rip currents.

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

Subtropical storm Alberto continues its slow movement toward the Florida panhandle Monday morning.

After reaching the coast, the storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rain as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, the U.S National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Subtropical Storm Alberto is shoving moisture into the Carolinas and the rain will be heavy at times all the way through the lunch hour. But forecasters said flash flooding from heavy rain was the biggest risk in many areas. "Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida". Maximum winds were 50 miles per hour. gusting to 65 miles per hour.

And just as the long holiday weekend marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was moving northward through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Hardest hit will be small businesses that expected revenue from Memorial Day weekend tourists, Watson said.

Tropical Storm warnings on the Gulf Coast have been called off south of the Anclote River, however, they are still in effect for the Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Alberto is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday, and the three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm have begun preparing states of emergency. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. Overnight lows will be in the low 70s.

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