Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the U.S. Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the U.S. Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the U.S. Gulf

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its trek north-northeast overnight and is expected to make landfall in the northern Gulf Coast late Monday. The storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 miles per hour and a turn toward the north is expected later this morning, and a motion toward the north-northwest is forecast tonight through Monday night.

Gulf Coast residents should "take this storm seriously", the National Weather Service said early on Sunday, as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north, threatening heavy rains and winds to the southern coastal states. The National Weather Service warns that rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the Gulf Coast on Sunday, and tropical storm force winds and storm surge could also begin to impact that area.

USA forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Alberto will move further north in the Gulf Of Mexico, passing west of the peninsula of Florida. Additionally, Alberto is pushing tropical moisture north.

The center of the storm is forecasted to come over the Alabama-Florida border. The official National Hurricane Center forecast released Thursday says the season is likely to be near or above normal. Maximum winds were 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, and the storm was moving east at 2 mph. The highest rainfall totals will accumulate on the coast with 3 to 5 inches possible.

The system is expected to slowly intensify today and Memorial Day and will likely consolidate into a tropical storm at some point before making landfall. A flash flood watch remains in effect through Tuesday in case Alberto brings heavy rains our way Monday and Tuesday.

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Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the entire Gulf Coast. Alberto is expected to move northward into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.

"Whether you're a resident of this state or just visiting, you need to stay updated on this evolving tropical system", said Gov. Bryant.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from the center.

Alberto is officially classed as a subtropical storm, which can develop into tropical storms and potentially hurricanes.

Flash flooding and even tornadoes are possible due to the storms hitting Florida from Alberto.

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