A Tropical Storm Warning covers the coasts and bays of coastal Alabama and the Florida panhandle.
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By declaring a State of Emergency, Governor Ivey is directing the appropriate state agencies to exercise their statutory authority to assist the communities and entities impacted by Subtropical Storm Alberto. The storm has top sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 kph) and is expected to strengthen as it moves over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Alberto's center reformed in the southern Gulf of Mexico early Saturday.
Subtropical storms are low pressure centers that have characteristics of both tropical storms (which have warm cores and get their energy from warm ocean water) and more traditional storm systems (which have cold cores that get their energy from clashes of warm and cold air) that occur in the midlatitudes with cold and warm fronts.
Saturation from previous rain on the Gulf Coast has created a danger of falling trees with the upcoming wind.
Alberto's track shows it making landfall along the Gulf Coast possibly late on Monday.
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 risky conditions are expected through Monday. They cover the northern Gulf Coast of Florida west to the Mississippi-Alabama border and the west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River. About 5 to 10 inches of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. Keep these pop up storms in mind when attending events like the Alabama Jubilee, Cotton Row Run, or various Memorial Day cookouts and remembrance ceremonies. Alberto should make landfall by Tuesday morning.
Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm
We still have a flash flood watch in effect for the New Orleans area until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Widespread rainfall of 3 to 6 inches is expected through the next several days due to tropical rain showers from Alberto.
For Central Florida, the biggest threat will be heavy rainfall.
Although hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, a tropical system off the Yucatan Peninsula has become Subtropical Storm Alberto as of 11 a.m. Friday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The expected impact on the Mississippi Coast has lessened, and the storm surge watch has been canceled for the three coastal counties.
The Storm Surge Watch has been extended eastward to Crystal River, Florida.
On Friday, Exxon Mobil Corp. pulled non-essential personnel from its Lena oil production platform and Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut in its Ram Powell hub, but most other energy companies are leaving offshore crews in place while they watch 2018's first Atlantic storm.
Rain and thunderstorms chances continue throughout the rest of next week with increased coverage showing up near the middle parts of the week.
But Alberto is moving north through the Gulf with "a slow and erratic" path, and the forecast could change significantly.
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