A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday

A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday

Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency Saturday over the impending landfall of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect along the entire Gulf Coast. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement.

National Hurricane Center forecasters said that as of 11 a.m., the storm was about 130 miles (210 kilometers) southwest of Tampa.

A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties, starting at 6 a.m. Sunday.

The projected path keeps the center of the storm west of NCFL. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

County emergency management officials say in addition to the windy conditions, Bay County is now expected to receive approximately 8 inches of rainfall and minimal storm surge making traveling unsafe.

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It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical.

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.

A tornado "or two" may occur over the Florida Keys and parts of southwestern Florida later Saturday afternoon or evening. Expect rounds of heavy rain through Tuesday with widespread rain totals of 2 to 3 inches expected with locally higher amounts possible.

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Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds. At this hour, Alberto has strengthened and now has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and pressure is down to 991 mb. By Saturday morning, the storm was gathering strength as it moved north. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.

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