Alberto Maintains Strength As It Approaches Gulf Coast

Pensacola Florida is seen

Pensacola Florida is seen

Maximum winds are sustained at 45 miles per hour.

Hardest hit will be small businesses that expected revenue from Memorial Day weekend tourists, Watson said.

Alberto has been a subtropical storm since its formation because it lacked the warm core that forms the core of tropical storms.

The track for Alberto shows it aiming for the Florida Panhandle on Monday. They will develop northwest of the Tennessee Valley late Thursday into early Friday and move southeast as a large "complex" of storms.

Rhumes said her group prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Suwannee River to Navarre Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Suwannee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.

Phil Bryant (R) authorized the use of the National Guard while Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams, CNN reported.

Flash flooding is also expected in that tri-state area. "Tuesday, things might start picking up again", said Will Corless, also a meteorologist with the weather service in Jacksonville.

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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. "It's still way too early to forecast the amount of rainfall this system will produce for the local area, but (we) will continue to monitor".

Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday, with tropical storm force winds already reaching Florida and Alabama Monday morning.

Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto. Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide.

Flooding was possible in Florida's Miami-Dade and Monroe counties after weeks of rain, with tornadoes possible Saturday and Sunday and rip currents expected on both coasts, forecasters said.

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Authorities urged residents living in mobile homes and low-lying areas to relocate. The heavy rain along with the saturated grounds could lead to some flash flooding.

"I strongly encourage everyone to be safe and stay informed", Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.

A week before the official start to hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto has made its way through the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, bringing with it a blast of high winds and heavy rain.

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