Florida gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Florida gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Despite Alberto's distance from us, its vast circulation will continue to stream in gusty southerly winds through Memorial Day Monday, along with occasional showers and thunderstorms.

The system is expected to slowly intensify today and Memorial Day and will likely consolidate into a tropical storm at some point before making landfall.

A few tornadoes are also possible across the Florida peninsula Sunday.

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.

Duffey said the storm is expected to remain relatively mild.

Meteorologists expect a turn toward the north-northwest at a slower speed into Sunday.

The weather service has also put in place a high rip current risk as well as a high surf warning. Sustained winds could be up to 50 miles per hour by then.

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Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service in Huntsville said isolated rain showers on Monday morning could become more numerous by the afternoon as Alberto moves closer to north Alabama.

One to 2 inches of rain is expected through Tuesday, with some areas receiving up to 3 to 4 inches of rain.

The 40-mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles, mostly to the east of the center, which prompted the tropical storm warning for Manatee, Sarasota and the other coastal counties. The storm's remnants could reach Upstate by Wednesday night or Thursday, according to local National Weather Service offices. In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core. Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida, the agency said. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Sunday that a mandatory evacuation has been issued in Franklin County for all barrier islands there and those in the county living directly on the coast in mobile homes or in recreation vehicle parks.

"It was a 50-50 chance of whether to come down and we chose to chance it", Gasper said.

The chance for showers and thunderstorms on Sunday is a slight 20 percent, with most of the rain activity staying to the north of the Triangle and arriving in the late afternoon, according to Moss.

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