Gov. Scott declares State of Emergency across Florida over Alberto

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm "Alberto"

The first named storm of Hurricane season 2018 is moving toward the U.S. Saturday and Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared an emergency in every county in his state.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch will be in effect fro, Saturday evening until Tuesday evening for southwestern Alabama, southeastern MS, and the western Florida Panhandle.

Phil Bryant also announced a state of emergency and an order "making the National Guard and other resources available should they become necessary". The system's located about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico.

For our area, Alberto has the potential to be a fairly significant rain event with the possibility of 4 to 6 inches of rain, while the northern Gulf Coast, from the Apalachicola area to New Orleans, is under a Tropical Storm Watch.

The storm will approach the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.

The storm is expected to approach the US northern Gulf Coast on the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, according to the latest National Weather Service (NWS) advisory.

The storm is so ragged that a lot of the nasty weather will be to the right of the center.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Boca Grande to Anclote River.

Rules against parking on neutral grounds in the city will be suspended starting at 7 a.m. Saturday so that vehicles can be moved to higher ground, Cantrell announced Friday evening.

The National Weather Service in Mobile has expanded a flash flood watch for southwest Alabama and said the rain could begin as soon as tonight and last through Tuesday. The subtropical storm will move into the Gulf of Mexico today. 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. Isolated tornadoes could erupt over the Florida Keys or southwestern Florida late Saturday.

Rain total estimates are 3-5 inches with some areas getting much more than this.

It is expected to strengthen over the next 48 hours as it heads to the Gulf of Mexico. Most of that rain is expected to fall starting Sunday night. The risk will be highest on Saturday.

Severe weather is possible through the Northern Plains on Sunday.

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