Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Alabama, Mississippi activate National Guard ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alabama, Mississippi activate National Guard ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

"Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or Tuesday", the Hurricane Center said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard had 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed.

"This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", said NWS Weather Prediction Center's Patrick Burke, cited by Reuters. The storm is moving north-northeast at 13 miles per hour with winds at 40 miles per hour. Rain chances remain at 60 percent every day through Friday, according to the Weather Service.

Subtropical Storm Alberto's pelting rain and brisk winds roiled the seas as it neared the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, keeping white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.

The center also has discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border. It was expected to reach land Monday afternoon or evening as it headed north at about 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

Meanwhile, the storm forced some Memorial Day tributes to be cancelled across Florida's Panhandle. A subtropical storm means the center of circulation is exposed and the rain and thunderstorms are pushed away from the center. Mudslides are also possible in Cuba, the NHC said.

Flash flooding is the number one storm-related killer in the United States.

Please be prepared for possible areas of flooding and loss of electricity.

The Florida Panhandle is going to be battered by Subtropical Storm Alberto when it makes landfall on Monday afternoon or evening, according to the Weather Channel. On Sunday afternoon, Alberto was able to get a little better organized and grow stronger.

After moving on shore, the center of Alberto will probably move into northern Alabama by Tuesday. Parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama could get from 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) with some areas receiving as much as a foot of rain.

Brief tornadoes are possible from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC and southeastern Alabama.

Alberto's moisture could push all the way to Canada in coming days, Pydynowski said.

The hottest temperature was in Madison, Minnesota, where it reached 102 degrees Sunday. Fortunately for the latter half of the work week and into next week rain chances start to decrease each day. Even getting there, it's a process that first features areas of drizzle and showers early this morning.

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