Florida declares state of emergency over Subtropical Storm Alberto

Florida declares state of emergency over Subtropical Storm Alberto

The Florida Keys could see as much as 10 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.

It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical. A few areas will see rainfall amounts between 6 to 12 inches (see Fig. 4).

Rain bands are rotating into South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida this afternoon with tropical storm force wind gusts being experienced across parts of Florida as Alberto moves to the northwest at 10 miles per hour.

Florida authorities urged residents to take the storm seriously and to organize water, food, medicines and other preparations.

Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Authorities say conditions are especially risky with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans.

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At 5 A.M. the National Hurricane Center states Subtropical Storm Alberto may be making a slow transition to a more purely tropical system. Isolated tornadoes were also possible. A tropical storm watch and flash flood watch remain in effect.

Tides will run about 1-2 ft. higher and rip currents will be a problem on area beaches. A gradual strengthening was expected as the storm moves north.

Alberto is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday, and the three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm have begun preparing states of emergency. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

Some dry air has moved under the storm and may limit the rain over the Suncoast for a time. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC. Some beachfront and riverfront communities are already handing out sandbags.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted.

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