Alberto Could Bring $1 Billion in Economic Losses to Gulf Coast

A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

Subtropical Storm Alberto is driving north through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening heavy rains and winds to the US southern coastal states.

By midday Sunday, the US Southeast was seeing 50-mile-per-hour (80-km-per-hour) winds and up to 10 inches of rain in some places. The region could receive more than an inch of rain.

A tropical storm warning is NO LONGER IN EFFECT south of the Suwannee River, so the Tampa Bay area is now in the clear. An update from his office shows more than 5,000 Florida National Guard members on standby.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf coast into early next week", senior hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said in Friday's tropical weather outlook.

Rain chances remain high for most of the coming week, although there will be a slight diminishing of the rain possibilities as the tropical air mass finally moves north.

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes on Sunday as the storm headed north through the Gulf of Mexico. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned because of high surf and risky conditions.

In this Saturday, May 26, 2018, photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Hannibal and Emily Baldwin pose for a wedding photo under an umbrella outside the Casa Marina Resort in Key West, Fla.

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They expected parts of the USA states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to receive 10-20 centimeters of rain through Tuesday, with areas in Cuba getting slightly higher amounts along with the threat of flash floods and mudslides. Alberto's maximum sustained winds are now 65 miles per hour (100 kph) with higher gusts and the minimum central pressure reads 991 MB or 29.27 inches. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Alberto could bring isolated storm-totals of 20 to 25 inches of rain to central Cuba and up to 12 inches in areas of the Florida panhandle into much of Alabama and western Georgia, the NHC said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to slam into the Florida Panhandle about mid-afternoon Monday, and wallop parts of the southeastern United States with drenching rains, blasting winds and possible tornadoes, officials said.

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

Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. Meteorologists are calling it a "subtropical storm", not to be confused with the just plain tropical storms we know and dread.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean this year's hurricane season will be as busy as last year's though. This is almost 60 miles east and about six hours sooner than the forecast issued by the National Hurricane Center one day ago, but well within the margin for error two days out.

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