Florida, Alabama, Mississippi states of emergency — ALBERTO

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

The storm is also pushing rain bands towards the coast, Gardner said, so there could be some heavy rain there as well.

In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters. Swelling riverbanks, tornadoes and localized flooding are possible. High tide around midday today will run 1-2 feet above normal. An additional 4 to 8 inches of rain could fall in some spots between Sunday and Tuesday.

Much of the state was under flash flood watches.

"It's heavy rainfall on the entire coast", he said.

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The storm will also stir up seas, and a high surf advisory will be in effect from Saturday afternoon until Tuesday evening. Just past year , we had a named storm - Tropical Storm Arlene - east of Bermuda in April.

But the storm still poses a considerable threat to the Florida Panhandle as it is predicted to move ashore there on Monday. Alberto was expected to bring heavy rain and severe wind to Florida and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

"Officials said the city's drainage system has been restored:close to its full potential", with three power-generating turbines repaired and returned to service and four generators on standby to back them.

As of 4 a.m. CDT Monday, Subtropical Storm Alberto was located about 125 miles south of Destin, Fla., and was moving northwest at 7 mph. Winds are forecast to reach 60 mph 12 hours and it should be over land in the Florida Panhandle in 24 hours. But gradual strengthening was forecast as the system passes over warmer waters and as wind shear that had been tearing at the system was expected to subside.

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.

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Fortunately for our friends in the Florida Panhandle, dry air has wrapped into the center of Alberto, which will likely make it hard for the storm to get too much stronger before the center comes ashore between Pensacola and Panama City Monday afternoon.

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.

The National Hurricane Center said Alberto, the first storm of the soon-to-begin 2018 hurricane season, would not likely get any stronger before coming ashore this afternoon.

Authorities say conditions are especially unsafe with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans. There were no immediate reports of emergencies.

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