Alabama, Mississippi activate National Guard ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

28 May, 2018, 20:45 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Tommy Whitlock left places a filled sand bag onto his trailer at a Harrison County Road Department sand bag location as Joseph Buckner adjusts the load while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico (Credit AP

And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas.

Alberto is forecast to gradually strengthen as it makes its way toward the northern Gulf Coast, before weakening to a tropical depression as it makes landfall on Monday night or Tuesday. If the storm continues on this projected track, deep tropical moisture will flow into the Tennessee Valley, dropping quite a bit of rain on us. Tropical-storm force winds will be possible in western Cuba and in the Gulf coast area where warnings are posted. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading are banned due to high surf and risky conditions.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

States of emergency have been issued in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations. On top of that, there could be as much as $600 million in lost holiday spending as Alberto puts a damper on plans during the Memorial Day three-day weekend.

Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.

"We had a band of rain this morning but due to dry air wrapping in", Pickering said, "the rain engine" was shut down. "That means that people are not allowed to go in the water, there could be legal consequences if they go in the water because there are very unsafe surf conditions so we do that for their safety as well as the safety of responders".

Meantime a Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida.

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The biggest threat will be the heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding well inland and away from the coast.

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

In Florida, some beaches have been closed and low-lying areas evacuated.

Heavy downpours are expected to begin lashing parts of those states on Sunday.

Our weather today will have periods of rain, some will be heavy at times.

Deadly hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean past year caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.

MIAMI (AP) - U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season.

US National Hurricane Center (NHC) and state officials requested residents monitor the storm, and make preparations.

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