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Subtropical Storm Alberto forms near Cozumel

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms near Cozumel”

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency effective at 6 a.m. Sunday for several Alabama counties in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The National Hurricane Center is reporting Subtropical Storm Albert will move by Cuba Saturday and is predicted to start its trek toward the Gulf of Mexico coast tomorrow.

A year ago was of the most active hurricane seasons on records according to the NOAA, after Hurricane Irma destroyed parts of the Caribbean and southeastern US.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for Florida ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Forecast models are not yet in agreement on the storm's track and intensity, and the National Hurricane Center is averaging the models to predict a landfall somewhere between Pascagoula and Destin, Florida. Landfall is expected late Monday into Tuesday morning.

By Sunday morning, the center of Alberto will be over the Gulf of Mexico, but widespread tropical showers and thunderstorms will be over much of Florida.

"People have to be prepared regardless of predictions having to do with the number of storms". The storm had top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and was expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Because of it's poor organization and some cooler temperatures in the upper levels of the atmosphere, Alberto has been designated a subtropical storm. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.

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Tropical Storm Warnings have been issued for the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio as well as the Dry Tortugas in the Florida Keys.

Florida peninsula from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River.

In Southern Alabama, Mississippi and the western Florida panhandle there could be as much as one foot of rainfall.

"It has been the wettest May in history for Richmond with a rainfall total of 10.25". "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

We still have a flash flood watch in effect for the New Orleans area until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Models are now showing some heavier bands of rain possible midday on Monday.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was continued roiling toward parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and unsafe surf on Saturday.

There's also a strong threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana.

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