Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

Monday morning, Alberto was moving at about 6 mph -down from 14 mph and then 12 mph on Sunday- with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph.

The National Hurricane Center has also warned of the possibility of tornadoes "from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, and southeastern Alabama".

The storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday morning, reports CNN. Any additional dry air will continue to weaken rain near Alberto's center and rain bands associated with the storm. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.

Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned because of high surf and unsafe conditions.

A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR

While Alberto nears the shore, the warning area has been scaled back from the Suwannee River back west to the Florida-Alabama state line.

The NWS said waves as high as 5.5 metres could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama, and northwestern Florida on Monday.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations.

The storm disrupted Memorial Day weekend from Pensacola in the Panhandle to Miami Beach on Florida's southeastern edge.

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Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.

"People have drowned by going out to the water too soon", he said. "We'll hang out and see how it goes". In southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, the storm could bring more than 8 inches of rain.

The biggest threat will be the heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding well inland and away from the coast.

A news release from Florida Gov. Rick Scott said that for Taylor County, "Voluntary evacuations have been issued for those in coastal zones and beach communities (Keaton, Dekel, Cedar, Dark Islands), mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas".

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Heavy downpours are expected to begin lashing parts of those states on Sunday. Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida, the agency said.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean hurricane season will be as busy as last year's though.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is a little better organized this morning and winds are at 45 miles per hour. The rest of the southeast USA from Tennessee to the Carolinas is forecast to receive 2 to 6 inches. The season is likely to be "near or above normal," according to the hurricane center.

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