Subtropical Storm Alberto Closes In On Florida; Warnings Of Floods, Tornadoes

Alberto is predicted to move northward at a faster rate after making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Monday

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties.

The gloomy weather that put a damper on outdoor activities over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to last several more days in SC as Tropical Storm Alberto moves from the Gulf of Mexico toward the Midwest.

Though the Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday, Alberto was throwing disarray into long holiday weekend plans along the Gulf Coast.

Authorities in Florida's Franklin and Taylor counties issued mandatory evacuation orders for thousands of coastal residents.

The storm was located 50 miles west-southeast of Apalachicola, Fla., and 50 miles south of Panama City, Fla., moving north at a speed of 8 mph, the NHC said in its 11 a.m. EDT update. Its winds, which had strengthened overnight to 65 miles per hour, were down to 60 miles per hour as of 11 a.m.

In the tropics, the story has been Subtropical Storm Alberto, which makes landfall later today across the Panhandle of Florida.

The hurricane centre said a tropical storm warning was in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Alabama-Florida state line.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continues to churn north through the Gulf of Mexico.

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

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A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR

A tropical storm warning is in effect for a stretch of coastline between Florida's Suwannee River and the Alabama-Florida border.

"Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast.

Alberto won't totally wash out our Memorial Day here in the Tennessee Valley. Some of those storms could be severe, he said.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC.

"We're going to play cards and if there's a break, we'll head down to the beach", she said.

Flash flooding is also expected in that tri-state area.

Between Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Irma in the Caribbean and southeastern USA and Maria in Puerto Rico, past year was one of the most active hurricane seasons on record, said The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The last time a named storm made landfall in this area was Tropical Storm Claudette in August 2009.

If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season.

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