US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering

Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency covering 40 counties beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Its expected to turn north Sunday morning, then north-northwest Monday night, moving at 13 miles per hour.

Forecasters recorded the storm's maximum sustained winds to be 45 miles per hour.

Moving into Sunday, things look just a tad better with the rain chances.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of southeast Louisiana.

Tropical storm warnings and watches have been issued for parts of the MS coast all the way to the western Gulf Coast of Florida. Tropical Storm conditions are likely for the west coast of Florida today and for the northern Gulf coast by tonight.

"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. Northeastern Florida and Southeastern Georgia will remain dry Saturday, but by Sunday morning heavy bands of rains will arrive and are expected to last throughout the holiday weekend. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center. There is a threat for a few tornadoes for much of the southern half of Florida, including Tampa, Fort Myers, Miami and West Palm Beach.

Subtropical Storm Alberto
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The axis for heavy rain is now in the Florida Panhandle with up to a foot of rain arriving Monday. There is a small risk of an isolated tornado when some of the stronger storms move through on Sunday.

Florida and MS are under states of emergency ahead Subtropical Storm Alberto hitting the Golf Coast.

The story changes for Monday, however, when North Carolina will begin to feel the tropical moisture pushed up from the Gulf of Mexico by Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The newest track from the National Hurricane Service calls for Alberto to move north-northeastward and strengthen over the next 24 hours. Isolated parts of the Gulf Coast could receive up to a foot of rain. 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.

Weather authorities say about 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected to drench the area late Sunday night and into Monday, pouring water over already saturated ground. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

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