Large cloud formations gather behind the downtown Gulfport, Miss., water tower Saturday afternoon, May 26, 2018, as Subtropical Storm Alberto slowly makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.
While the heavy rains could produce flooding, widespread flooding does not appear likely, but we are expecting 2-4 inches of rain areawide with areas of East Alabama possibly seeing up to six inches with possibly higher totals in isolated areas.
There's a chance Alberto could come ashore early Monday, said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Pennsylvania. These will be influenced by the remnants of what is now Subtropical Storm Alberto, our first tropical storm of the year. However, while we have less of a rain and storm threat the humidity and heat will continue to be high. The Tampa, Fla., couple had planned an outdoor wedding, but the evening ceremony and reception were moved inside due to rain bands emanating from Subtropical Storm Alberto. 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. By early Monday morning Alberto slowed down, but a faster north-northwestward to northward motion is expected during the next few days.
The US states of Alabama, Florida and MS have declared an emergency ahead of subtropical storm Alberto expected to make landfall on Monday, authorities said.
The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 and goes through to November 30, 2018.
The NHC defines subtropical storm as a "subtropical cyclone" in which the maximum sustained wind speed - using the USA one-minute average - is 39 miles per hour or higher. Subtropical Storm Alberto is driving north through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening heavy rains and winds to the US southern coastal states.
Tonight mostly dry conditions are expected across our inland zones after midnight. Beach officials will also fly the red flag, indicating a high rip current risk.
Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for an area stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.
A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all barrier islands in Franklin County, Florida as well as anyone living along the coastline or in an RV park.
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 has 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed.
Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.
What is a subtropical storm? It says Alberto is on a forecast track to enter the northern Gulf of Mexico during the nighttime hours and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the area of the Florida Panhandle sometime Monday.
The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.
Heavy rain and tropical storm conditions are likely to reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of the large storm system.