Subtropical storm Alberto is to thank for the rainy three-day weekend as it slowly draws closer to the Gulf Coast.
Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida.
A few tornadoes are also possible across the Florida peninsula Sunday.
Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1 - is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.
A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passed by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. A flood watch remains in effect.
Meteorologists expect a turn toward the north-northwest at a slower speed into Sunday. Only.13 inches had fallen at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport through 5 p.m. Saturday, but almost 6 inches has fallen so far this month, about three times the normal amount.
On Sunday, some U.S. states were recording winds of 50 miles per hour and up to 10 inches of rain, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center director Ken Graham. Storm surge was a bigger threat north of the Tampa Bay area, with flooding possible in and north of Crystal River, the weather service said. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.
According to Moss, Alberto could directly effect the Florida panhandle by early Tuesday, moving north through parts of Tennessee and Kentucky mid-week. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas. Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida, the agency said.
Throughout Memorial Day, rain chances are at least at 80 percent or more.
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.
The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on the storm, and it has not strengthened much if at all, the center says. However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said.
According to Moss, central and eastern portions of the state could see anywhere from 3-4 inches of rain.