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Tropical storm watch canceled for New Orleans area as Alberto shifts east

27 May 2018, 08:59 | Ross Houston

CTSY Associated Press

CTSY Associated Press

With rain possible Sunday and Monday from Subtropical Storm Alberto, people at Eastern Carolina beaches are taking advantage of great weather-at least for the first half of the Memorial Day weekend.

Alberto flash flooding risks.

Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington and Wilcox. Regardless of whether Alberto becomes a true tropical storm by definition, very heavy rain and flooding are likely from Florida to Louisiana over the next several days. It will likely be a strong tropical storm or possibly a minimal hurricane at that time as it taps into the warmer Gulf waters.

The "subtropical" designation is a nuance in the world of weather science. Everyone should take the necessary precautions now and stay informed of the latest weather conditions for their area.

In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant activated the National Guard.

National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham conducted a Facebook Live update at 11 a.m. Saturday. Both Divisions, A and B, will activate Sunday morning. Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama, warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds. "Residents and tourist are strongly encouraging people to closely monitor this forecast".

Wes Maul, the state's emergency management director, said timing of the storm is uncertain, but the entire state will feel the effects.

A Tropical Storm watch has been issued for parts of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Indian Pass, Florida, westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

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Tropical storm warnings have also been posted for the west side of the Florida peninsula, from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River north of Clearwater. The hurricane center said gradual strengthening will be possible until landfall.

Alberto watches and warnings.

At 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Alberto was moving north at 13 miles per hour. Alberto should make landfall by Tuesday morning.

The new location closer to Florida also implies that the center of the storm may come close enough to the west coast of the state, including the Tampa Bay area, to cause unsafe winds and some storm surge.

The newest track from the National Hurricane Service calls for Alberto to move north-northeastward and strengthen over the next 24 hours. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 140 miles primarily to the east of the center. "The main impact will be heavy rains that could exacerbate rivers and areas prone to flooding". By Monday night, it might be a little bit drier, with the chance of rain dropping to 60 percent, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. "Areas along the coast could see up to 18" of rainfall as for us we could see totals anywhere from 5-8".

Alberto will weaken considerably by the time it reach.

The storm will approach the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.

Storm Alberto has continued roiling toward parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and risky surf on Saturday.

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