Alberto moves up the Gulf of Mexico

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday with up to 15 inches (38 cm) of rain forecast over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Subtropical Storm Alberto pushed north along the western coast of Florida on Sunday, May 27, churning up the ocean and creating beach erosion.

Storm Alberto is now 120 miles south of Apalachicola, in Florida, and is due to make landfall along the Panhandle part of the state at about 4pm (8pm BST) today, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

Subtropical storm Alberto continues to move into the northern Gulf of Mexico.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the entire WLRN listening area through Monday.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING is still in effect for coastal areas in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties until further notice. The storm, with winds up to 50 miles per hour, is expected to reach landfall in Florida's panhandle early Monday.

While the heavy rains could produce flooding, widespread flooding does not appear likely, but we are expecting 2-4 inches of rain areawide with areas of East Alabama possibly seeing up to six inches with possibly higher totals in isolated areas.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge in Mobile, says even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south.

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

Rick Scott (R) also declared a state of emergency in all of the state's 67 counties on Saturday.

With conditions expected to worsen overnight, officials are encouraging people planning to check out Monday to give themselves extra time. The storm had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph). Little change in strength is expected before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast.

Florida, Alabama and MS launched emergency preparations on Saturday.

A man rides a bicycle down a flooded road as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. As it travels up the warm waters of the Gulf, it could well become a full tropical storm.

Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Centre Ken Graham said in a video briefing that downpours caused some street flooding. Some severe storms may be possible Tuesday, with Alberto's remnants making the closest approach from the west at that time.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. Both types of inland flooding - flash flooding and river flooding - are possible over the next few days, especially considering the size and depth of Alberto's moisture field.

  • Regina Walsh