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Alberto to bring rain to the area

Alberto to bring rain to the area

Northeastern Florida and Southeastern Georgia will remain dry Saturday, but by Sunday morning heavy bands of rains will arrive and are expected to last throughout the holiday weekend.

US National Weather Service (NWS ) on Sunday released warnings that people living along coastal regions in Florida, Alabama and MS should "take this storm seriously", as up to a foot of rain is expected to flood low lying areas alongside high winds over the popular holiday weekend.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard had 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for 40 counties that will be impacted most by Alberto.

Continuing on its northward trajectory, Alberto could hit the Florida panhandle Sunday evening or Monday morning, according to AccuWeather.

Alberto is expected to hold its current strength. but very little additional strengthening is likely before coming ashore across the United States east central Gulf coast.

The National Hurricane Center says that Alberto now has top sustained 2inds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) but that little further strengthening is expected before Alberto reaches the Gulf Coast sometime Monday.

Alberto to bring rain to the area
Alberto to bring rain to the area

Authorities in Howard County, Maryland, said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday.

In the Florida panhandle and adjacent parts of Alabama and Georgia, between 4 inches and 8 inches were expected.

Alberto was also forecast to bring storm swells of about 2 to 4 feet (60-120 cm) to low-lying areas that were "likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, heading toward expected landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast.

Satellite photos (above) show the center of the storm just offshore of the Florida Panhandle, and the very obvious moisture feed from tropics - the tail - extending in a comma shape just offshore of the peninsula and continuing south.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a hurricane season forecast Thursday that calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

MIAMI (AP) - U.S. government forecasters are expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season.