Subtropical Storm Alberto brings rain, wind gusts to Northeast Florida

Subtropical Storm Alberto brings rain, wind gusts to Northeast Florida

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1.

Despite Alberto's distance from us, its vast circulation will continue to stream in gusty southerly winds through Memorial Day Monday, along with occasional showers and thunderstorms.

Authorities say conditions are especially risky with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain Monday and 50 percent that night, and tropical storm conditions are possible.

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passed by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

- Alberto has strengthened to 50 miles per hour winds, but is still a subtropical system. The possibility of heavy rain, storm surges and flash flooding, however, pose hazards for residents.

Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches are possible with localized heavier amounts, according to the National Weather Service.

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By midday on Sunday, the storm was about 240 miles (386 km) northwest of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

After moving on shore, the center of Alberto will probably move into northern Alabama by Tuesday.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

About 130 to 250 millimetres of rain are possible along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

Meteorologists predict the western areas of the Wiregrass to receive between 6 and 8 inches of rain through Tuesday, while the other spots in the Wiregrass is projected to experience 4 to 6 inches of rain. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

The heaviest rain will remain well east of us. "Today, I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties to make sure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to get the resources they need", Scott said.

Despite its predicted strengthening, Alberto is not expected to become a hurricane.

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