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Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

U.S. Gulf Coast braces for impact as Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches

U.S. Gulf Coast braces for impact as Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches

Saturday, the NHC issued tropical storm warnings that stretched from Gulf Shores, Alabama, to Ft.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said Alberto's biggest threat would be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches of rain in some areas. Scattered showers and storms are expected daily, with a lower chance for rain by the weekend.

Residents in the western portion of the county can expect sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour-mainly along the US 19 and Little Road corridors-beginning early this afternoon into the early overnight hours Monday.

A tornado threat exists in the front-right quadrants of the storm, which today is northern Florida and most of Georgia and SC.

Moore said the rainy weather late this month is expected to push the Columbia area past its average precipitation for May, typically one of the state's driest months.

It was centred about 185km (115 miles) south-west of Florida's Panama City, at 01:00 CET (6:00GMT).

Thats why forecasters rapidly upped the storms chance for development last week and concern grew for a totally washed out holiday weekend.

If Alberto holds its northward heading, the storm could move inland around Apalachicola, Florida, or other communities across western Apalachee Bay as early as Sunday night.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Alberto was centered at 5 p.m. EDT Sunday afternoon about 165 miles (265 kilometers) west of Tampa and had top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph).

Alberto marks the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which officially begins June 1. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas.

"Were lucky we didnt get more rain with this system, because we were kind of on the edge" with saturated ground and elevated river levels from heavy rains earlier this month, said National Weather Service meteorologist Marc Austin.

Rain chances remain high for most of the coming week, although there will be a slight diminishing of the rain possibilities as the tropical air mass finally moves north.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is making landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is expected to lead to power outages, tree damage and compromise weaker structures. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in all 67 of Florida's counties on Sunday and the office of Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant issued a statement announcing that he had authorized the use of the national guard.

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