Alberto Can Left Coastal Areas in Florida under Water
FLORIDA – May 27, 2018
Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama have declared a state of emergency before imminent arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto.
Meteorologists say Alberto, currently northwest of Cuba, is heading north toward the Gulf and is expected to bring days of heavy rainfall and possible flooding. The storm would make landfall near the Florida-Alabama border late Monday or early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Parts of the Alabama and Florida coast, as well as parts of Mississippi, are still under a watch.
"Whether you’re a resident of this state or just visiting, you need to stay updated on this evolving tropical system," said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. "Coastal and inland flooding could be a serious issue in the coming days. I ask everyone to please make final preparations for your family emergency plan, especially those that live in mobile homes and low-lying areas."
Meteorologists predict that the storm will reach hurricane strength, with winds of at least 74 mph winds.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's emergency order affected all 67 counties in the state.
In Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey signed an order Saturday evening to declare a state of emergency. The order covers 40 southern counties, which currently would feel the brunt of the storm.
"The storm is forecast to bring between 6 and 12 inches of rain to the northwest Florida area, and there is the possibility of 12 to 24 inches of rain in some areas." said in the National Weather Service in Mobile.
Alberto is the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane according to the National Hurricane Center.