Subtropical Storm Alberto Turns North-Northwest, No Change In Strength

Subtropical Storm Alberto Turns North-Northwest, No Change In Strength

You'll likely have to adjust those weekend grilling plans for this Memorial Day weekend: As Subtropical Storm Alberto makes its way north through the Gulf of Mexico, sloppy, wet and potentially unsafe conditions are expected through Monday.

His Mississippi and Alabama counterparts also declared states of emergency, citing the threat of coastal and inland flooding from storm rains.

Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches are possible with localized heavier amounts, according to the National Weather Service. Risky surf and rip current conditions were also likely to occur.

By midday on Sunday, the storm was about 240 miles (386 km) northwest of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The flood watch runs to 8 p.m. Sunday, during the period when Alberto is expected to pass closest to South Florida on its course toward the northern Gulf coast. "Tropical and subtropical storms are still life-threatening, especially due to water, but water-related deaths are preventable".

The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency Saturday.

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 Center said.

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States of emergency were declared in Florida, Alabama and MS on Saturday as upwards of 15 inches of rain is forecast for the national Memorial Day weekend holiday. Tornadoes are not expected on the Coast, the weather service said.

Alberto is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week, and further deluges could leave those areas vulnerable to flash flooding and river flooding.

At this time, only a voluntary evacuation has been announced. Today there is another 60% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day.

The center of the storm is expected to remain west of the Ocala area, but there is some potential for tornadoes and flooding.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has forecasted that this year's season will be strong and above average. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph).(backslash)(backslash) If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season.

Alberto is the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially begin until June 1 and runs through the fall.

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