Alabama, Mississippi activate National Guard ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alabama, Mississippi activate National Guard ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Landfall is expected to be between Seagrove Beach and Destin in the Florida Panhandle.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida.

The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

"We are under this tropical-like influence and that is not going to really breakdown this pattern for at least the better part of this week, " said Al Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

Some tornadoes could also be touched off. "That brings us cloudy skies and a good chance for showers and a few thunderstorms, with some locally heavy downpours and localized flash flooding possible".

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto bearing down on Florida's coastline Sunday.

With conditions expected to worsen overnight, officials are encouraging people planning to check out Monday to give themselves extra time.

Subtropical Storm Alberto moved to within 50 miles of the Florida panhandle Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. Just because it's sunny after the storm passes, Medlin said, there's still a risk for swimmers. Locally higher amounts are possible near the coast and near the mountains. For that reason, the National Weather Service has posted a Flash Flood Watch for much of the state.

The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and was moving north at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). But the storm still poses a considerable threat to the Florida Panhandle as it is predicted to move ashore there on Monday. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches over the next 48 hours could not only cause area rivers to flood, the intensity of the rain might lead to rapid rises of water in low-lying areas, especially in urban areas near small creeks and streams.

Tracey Gasper and her 6-year-old son, Chase, traveled to Biloxi Beach from Donaldsonville, La., for a day of fun in the sun with a group of friends from Baton Rouge.

Another bout of rain came through the area before dawn on Monday, affecting northern coastal Georgia and up through the Lowcountry. In 2017, there were six "major" tropical hurricanes, meaning they reached Category 3 or higher.

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