Alberto Heading for the Florida Panhandle, with Alan Sealls

Alberto Heading for the Florida Panhandle, with Alan Sealls

Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency Saturday over the impending landfall of Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The slow-moving storm is expected to slam the Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend with heavy downpours of 10 to 15 inches in parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant said on Twitter that he has signed an emergency proclamation to make the National Guard and other resources available. The season is likely to be "near or above normal", according to the hurricane center.

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018. If the storm holds to the predictions, coastal Alabama and MS parts of the News 5 area only get moderate or small rain, wind and surge impact.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week, and further deluges could leave those areas vulnerable to flash flooding and river flooding. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas.

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Rain bands are rotating into South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida this afternoon with tropical storm force wind gusts being experienced across parts of Florida as Alberto moves to the northwest at 10 miles per hour. "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night. The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted. At this hour, Alberto has strengthened and now has maximum sustained winds of 65 mph and pressure is down to 991 mb.

An official from the National Weather Service warns that even after Subtropical Storm Alberto passes, there's still a risk for rip currents.

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