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Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

The rain brought to us by Subtropical Storm Alberto is not over, Monday afternoon showers and thunderstorms will redevelop across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf coast into early next week", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in Friday's tropical weather outlook. This means that tropical storm conditions (winds of 40 miles per hour sustained) are possible. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday". He said Alberto was likely to slow down as it meets land in Florida and Alabama, but heavy tropical showers are expected all across Florida.

Continuing on its northward trajectory, Alberto could hit the Florida panhandle Sunday evening or Monday morning, according to AccuWeather.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

MS governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency as the storm moves toward the state's coast.

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In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

Regardless of its path and intensity, Alberto expected to bring heavy rains of more than 10 inches and flash flooding to western Cuba and southern Florida, the National Hurricane Center said. Tornadoes are not expected on the Coast, the weather service said. There is also a high risk of risky rip currents and extremely rough bay waters.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shifts the storm farther east with a potential landfall near the Alabama-Florida state line. "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast". However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said. It will continue to move north and then northwest heading towards the northern Gulf coast.

At 2 a.m. EDT Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 380 miles (615 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).