Alberto will make landfall along the north central Gulf Coast Monday. Thunderstorms are possible overnight, bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain. An additional 4 to 8 inches of rain could fall in some spots between Sunday and Tuesday. Alberto was expected to bring heavy rain and severe wind to Florida and other parts of the Gulf Coast. Its expected to turn north Sunday morning, then north-northwest Monday night, moving at 13 miles per hour. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.
Additionally, the area is under a flash flood watch, a high surf warning and a rip current warning. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.
US National Weather Service (NWS ) on Sunday released warnings that people living along coastal regions in Florida, Alabama and MS should "take this storm seriously", as up to a foot of rain is expected to flood low lying areas alongside high winds over the popular holiday weekend. With a tropical storm, the maximum winds and strongest thunderstorms sit close to the center of the storm. 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.
Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.
The Mississippi Coast shouldn't see much rain from the system until Monday. And just as Memorial Day marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River. However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said.
Rain falls on Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 early Sunday morning May 27, as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.
As for potential impacts, with a more eastern track of the system, the heaviest rains will likely be seen in East Alabama with the strongest winds up to 35 miles per hour possible in West Alabama Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
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People along the Gulf Coast prepare for the worst from Alberto
After that, it will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, it said. This is almost 60 miles east and about six hours sooner than the forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center on Saturday.
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