Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm Alberto

Florida declares state of emergency ahead of storm Alberto

Alberto is forecasted to make landfall as a strong tropical storm in Alabama or the panhandle late in the day on Monday.

Tropical storm warnings are in effect from the Mississippi/Alabama border all the way through to Bonita Beach, Florida.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall. The season is likely to be "near or above normal", according to the hurricane center.

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Saturday as the state readied to face the wrath 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", Scott said in a written statement.

Forecasters say 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain is expected on saturated ground with isolated areas getting up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain.

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Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night. As it travels up the warm waters of the Gulf, it could well become a full tropical storm.

The first named storm of this season, Alberto is expected to strengthen as it moves up the Gulf this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing heavy rains and possible floods to Florida and much of the Southeast in the coming days.

At about 2 p.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was centered about 65 miles north-northwest of Cuba and moving north at 13 mph. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

His Mississippi and Alabama counterparts also declared states of emergency, citing the threat of coastal and inland flooding from storm rains. Some beachfront and riverfront communities are already handing out sandbags.

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