A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday

A stronger Alberto to make landfall along Florida panhandle Monday

Cuba was being pounded by rain along its western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides. The New Orleans area could see some scattered rain over the next two days, but rain amounts look like an inch or less. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Dry Tortugas.

Florida's Governor, Rick Scott, has also declared a state of emergency.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall.

Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The National Weather Service said: "Swells from Alberto will create risky surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast".

"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring", Scott said in a written statement.

Cuba is expected to get as much as 15 inches of rain, the hurricane center said in an advisory Saturday, and the Florida Keys and South Florida could get as many as 10 inches.

Landfall is most likely in the Florida Panhandle, maybe before sunrise near Apalachicola, or as late as the evening it were to take a more westward track to Pensacola. The tropical storm watch along the north-central Gulf Coast has been discontinued. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm conditions are expected with winds sustained at 39 miles per hour or greater. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

TRUSSVILLE -The latest information from the National Weather Service on Alberto includes the latest rainfall predictions for the Trussville and surrounding areas. Some beachfront and riverfront communities are already handing out sandbags.