"Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto", the National Hurricane Center said in its advisory. Maximum amounts of 15 inches are possible along Alberto's track from eastern Louisiana, across much of Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle, forecasters said. "It's still way too early to forecast the amount of rainfall this system will produce for the local area, but (we) will continue to monitor".
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A subtropical storm has characteristics of both a tropical and non-tropical storm.
Those conditions will be felt along the warning zones on the west coast of Florida as well, according to the National Hurricane Center. "The axis of heavy rain has shifted slightly east, with the Panhandle of Florida and Southern Alabama seeing 6" to up to a foot of rain.
The current wind forecast brings a small chance of tropical storm force winds into eastern parts of the area, especially along the MS coast.
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Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency Saturday over the impending landfall of Subtropical Storm Alberto.
His Mississippi and Alabama counterparts also declared states of emergency, citing the threat of coastal and inland flooding from storm rains. The storm had top sustained winds of 80 km/h.
Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the entire Gulf Coast.
The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level. We'll see periods of rain and storms all day, but it's late in the day that could bring stronger storms.
It is expected to reach tropical storm strength before the new estimated time of landfall Monday evening. The forecast from the Weather Prediction Center still estimates up to 4 inches or more of rain could fall in Volusia County, where a flood watch is in effect.
Flash flooding and even tornadoes are possible due to the storms hitting Florida from Alberto.