US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season

US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season

In an 8 a.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center said Alberto was moving north near the eastern Gulf of Mexico at 15 miles per hour and that the storm would approach the northern Gulf Coast by Sunday night or Monday.

In its 5 a.m. Alberton advisory, the National Hurricane Center said a Tropical Storm Warning now is in effect for Bonita Beach (which is just south of Fort Myers) all the way along Florida's coast to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

The National Hurricane Center announced Friday morning that Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm warnings have now been issued from Mobile all the way down to the tip of Florida while Tropical Storm watches have been discontinued for Louisiana but continue for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.

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. It's expected to gradually strengthen over the next three days. Eastern Saturday, May 26 this is the projected path of Subtropical storm alberto.

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On Monday, Alberto is forecast to make landfall somewhere along the northern Gulf Coast - likely somewhere along the coastal region of the Florida Panhandle or southern Alabama.

Due to the threat of heavy rain and potential flooding, Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Forecasters recorded the storm's maximum sustained winds to be 45 miles per hour. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

We'll see a decrease in rainy activity Sunday night into Memorial Day as we fit into the dry slot (between the outer and inner bands of a cyclone) Alberto for most of the day on Monday. Grant Brown, the city's public information officer, said they had already finished a number of preparations such as clearing culverts to prepare for big rains but Sunday had turned into a "really nice day". Only a half-inch or less of rain is expected for Monday and the chance of rain will decrease from 70 percent to 40 percent as the day turns into evening.

Strong to severe storms will also be possible embedded in the rain on Sunday.

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