Subtropical Storm Alberto could put a damper on Memorial Day activities on the Gulf Coast this weekend, prompting the governors of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to preemptively declare a state of emergency.
Alberto’s center is forecast to pass west of Cuba, the Florida Keys and mainland Florida, setting its sights on eastern Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Saturday morning the state of emergency covers all 67 counties to “prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring.”
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said he would make “the National Guard and other resources available should they become necessary.”
Alabama’s Gov. Kay Ivey also said he directed “essential state agencies to be on the ready should they be needed over the next couple of days.”
Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season.
The path of the storm has tracked north-northeast at 13 mph with winds up to 40 mph.
The storm will deliver spells of tropical rain showers that will strike Florida and the Gulf Coast by the end of the weekend.
Even before Alberto arrives, the tropical showers and thunderstorms preceding it could bring brief tornadoes and heavy swells.
The precipitation levels will be hard to handle for places like Key West, Florida, which already has experienced its wettest May on record, with 13.08 inches of rain.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Daniel Manzo