Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to hit the U.S. northern Gulf Coast on Monday, the National Weather Service has declared.
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.
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall. As Alberto moves inland Monday afternoon (around 1:00PM), likely between Pensacola, FL and Panama City, FL (see Fig. 3) as at least a 65 miles per hour tropical storm, Alberto will begin to slow in forward speed.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying tropical storm conditions are possible there by Sunday night. Expect rounds of heavy rain through Tuesday with widespread rain totals of 2 to 3 inches expected with locally higher amounts possible.
The expected impact on the Mississippi Coast has lessened, and the storm surge watch has been canceled for the three coastal counties.
The new forecast track centers landfall in the Florida panhandle. The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued.
The first named storm of this season, Alberto is expected to strengthen as it moves up the Gulf this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing heavy rains and possible floods to Florida and much of the Southeast in the coming days.
Cuba maintained its tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio, while Mexico cancelled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level. This greatest threat with Alberto is the rainfall.
The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches.