Some US States Prepare For Subtropical Storm Alberto

Subtropical Storm Alberto

Image By NOAACruise Lines Monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto in Gulf of Mexico By Emrys Thakkar

Subtropical Storm Alberto's trip into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday brought bands of rain and wind, but little damage into the Tampa Bay area.

On Sunday, some U.S. states were recording winds of 50 miles per hour and up to 10 inches of rain, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham.

It's not been an ideal holiday weekend so far for the state as both Saturday and Sunday have offered up scattered showers and thunderstorms. Then by later Monday, the main moisture feed - the tail of Alberto - is forecast by the computer models to move back over us as the center of the storm goes ashore in the panhandle. Officials also issued a voluntary evacuation order for coastal areas. In Gulf County, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations Sunday morning.

Sunday night is expected to stay warm, muggy and windy. People are cautioned not to swim or play in the Gulf because the storm will kick up unsafe rip currents.

Heavy rain and flooding will become a concern across the state over the coming days as Alberto's remnants move northward.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

Most of South Florida has been lucky this afternoon.

The Tropical Storm Warning from the Anclote River to the Suwannee River is discontinued.

A hotel owner in Panama City Beach, Florida, tells the Panama City News Herald that her family's five hotels are normally full on Memorial Day weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto
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"Just another day of living in Florida, hurricane season starting up here soon", Kissimmee resident Nelson Humphrey said.

Meteorologists expect a turn toward the north-northwest at a slower speed into Sunday.

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of US natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration. The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for.

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall across the region, with about 5 to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

Tropical storm warnings and storm-surge watches are now focused on the Gulf coast from MS to Florida, as Alberto's path becomes clearer.

A State of Emergency is in effect for 40 counties in our state, primarily in South Alabama, in response to the threat from Alberto.

Alberto's winds had strengthened in four hours, with sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and stronger gusts.

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