Florida, Alabama In A State Of Emergency As Subtropical Storm Alberto Approaches

A general view shows an empty beach as subtropical storm Alberto approaches Cancun Mexico

Alabama, Florida and MS are preparing for states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Subtropical storm Alberto continued to move northward through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday, apparently heading toward the Florida Panhandle, l... Rain moving north off the Atlantic Ocean was expected to arrive in the Triangle about 11 a.m. on Memorial Day and continue on and off through the evening and overnight hours.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour. Onshore areas along the coast also account for about 45 percent of USA refining capacity and 51 percent of gas processing. This is more rain than Havana expects in the first six months of the year, and is likely to produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

This graphic, created by the NWS/NCEP Weather Prediction Center, shows rainfall potential for Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause risky rip currents.

"Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday". Meteorologists expect a 60 percent chance of rain with winds at 10 to 20 miles per hour, and gusts of up to 25 miles per hour.

The hurricane centre said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1, but Alberto apparently missed the memo.

Here in the Bay State, meteorologist Matt Doody with the National Weather Service in Boston said the remnants of Alberto will likely be seen as early as next week.

It is expected that Alberto will bring heavy rainfall that will last well into the week and stretch into areas of the Ohio Valley. 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.

Duffey said the storm is expected to remain relatively mild.

Probably not. Klotzbach said on Monday that the National Hurricane Center only started naming subtropical cyclones in 2002.

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of US natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration.

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