Florida gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

The 40-mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles, mostly to the east of the center, which prompted the tropical storm warning for Manatee, Sarasota and the other coastal counties.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Mississippi-Alabama border. The main threat is from heavy rain that could lead to flooding, the city said, but also high winds and storm surge could cause problems.

This graphic, created by the NWS/NCEP Weather Prediction Center, shows rainfall potential for Subtropical Storm Alberto. Later, it cancelled storm surge warnings for most of the Florida peninsula, saying the Panhandle remained the focus of concern. These will be influenced by the remnants of what is now Subtropical Storm Alberto, our first tropical storm of the year.

Alabama, Florida and MS have issued states of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches of rain in some areas.

In a visit to Panama City Beach yesterday, Scott said, "We have already moved some high water vehicles up to the panhandle from Fish and Wildlife".

Governors in Alabama and MS also declared states of emergency on Saturday.

Gusty showers began lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding.

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

On Sunday morning, the storm was located about 240 kilometres northwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 113 kilometres west of Key West, Florida, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC). The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued. 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.

The provinces of Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Matanzas and Ciego de Avila are also hit by the storm.Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which officially begins in June.

Alberto, which spun up days before the formal start of the 2018 hurricane season, was moving north at about 20 kilometres per hour with maximum sustained winds near 64 kilometres per hour, and higher gusts, on Saturday, the NWS said. Because of expected deteriorating weather, the sandbag distribution points will not be open Sunday, the county said.

For us, the workweek is rather quiet with the best chance of storms not popping up until Friday afternoon.

Gulf Coast residents should "take this storm seriously", the National Weather Service said early on Sunday, as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north, threatening heavy rains and winds to the southern coastal states.

In this Saturday, May 26, 2018, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Hannibal and Emily Baldwin pose for a wedding photo under an umbrella outside the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Fla. There's always a low-end risk of severe storms or a quick spin-up tornado on the left (eastern) side of tropical systems, which will be the case for eastern Alabama.

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