Alberto stronger on move toward US Gulf Coast

The storm, coming on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, was expected to scramble holiday travel on Monday.

Anyone that lives in a flood prone area should be ready to move to higher ground if necessary. The NHC canceled a tropical storm warning west of the Alabama/Florida border. The storm will then track to the north across Alabama to Tennessee from Monday night through Tuesday.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for Franklin County's barrier islands and anybody living on the coastline in mobile homes and recreational vehicle parks.

In addition, Alberto will bring high winds and storm surges, with many areas along the northern and eastern Gulf Coast issuing storm surge watches.

Wind gusts up to 65 miles per hour, a storm surge of 2 to 4 feet, isolated tornadoes and heavy rain are all still expected near and east of where Alberto makes landfall.

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.

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Throughout the Memorial Day weekend, Alberto delivered heavy amounts of rain stretching from western Cuba to the Florida peninsula.

In addition to parts of the southeastern US, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said. A few brief tornadoes were possible in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. It was moving northward at 8 miles per hour, bringing the risk of flooding, storm surges and tornadoes. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.That tropical moisture will make its way into North Carolina Monday and Tuesday.

Areas from Crystal River to Navarre could experience 2 feet to 4 feet of storm surge that will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters from the shoreline. In fact, upper 80s will be widespread inland tomorrow with low 80s at the coast before sea breezes knock the numbers back into the 70s there.

The center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

It is forecast to drop as much as 30cm (12in) of rain across MS to western Georgia and to bring storm swells of about 60-120cm (2-4ft) to low-lying areas.

As several states in the Southeast declare emergencies ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto, forecasters in Upstate New York are tracking its progress northward.

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