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Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto powers toward Florida

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf Alberto Latest
Doris Mccormick | 28 May, 2018, 21:16

Local rain totals could approach 4 inches.

The National Weather Service said: "Swells from Alberto will create risky surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast".

Some dry air has moved under the storm and may limit the rain over the Suncoast for a time.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge in Mobile, says even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

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Winds of up to 40 miles per hour are still possible.

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the US Gulf

Meteorologists expect a turn toward the north-northwest at a slower speed into Sunday.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds. The Florida Keys could see as much as 10 inches of rain, the hurricane center said.

There are expected to be no big issues from Alberto for southeast Louisiana.

Mr Scott said: "As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring".

Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, has also declared a state of emergency.

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