US Mississippi, Florida Declare Emergency Over Subtropical Storm Alberto

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Meanwhile, officials along the Gulf Coast launched emergency preparations Saturday as Alberto pounded Cuba's western coast, raising the threat of flash floods and mudslides.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Tropical storm warnings and storm-surge watches are now focused on the Gulf coast from MS to Florida, as Alberto's path becomes clearer.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared a state of emergency Saturday as Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the season, made its way through the Gulf of Mexico.

At the moment, the New Orleans area is expected to see sustained winds of 20 mph to 25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph.

The impacts from this storm will not be limited to the coast, however, as it will bring even more tropical moisture into the South from Louisiana to North Carolina, which has been in a wet pattern for several days.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds. Phil Bryant said Saturday that he also signed a proclamation declaring an emergency in his state.

Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

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Alberto's center reformed in the southern Gulf of Mexico early Saturday. Residents in the storm's expected path were advised to monitor the storm's progress.

Alberto is expected to come ashore late Sunday and early Monday along the Gulf Coast, with heavy rain being the primary threat. But the broad storm system is expected to bring heavy rains across the entire northern Gulf Coast starting well before landfall.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region. These factors could lead to flooding.

What is a tropical storm warning? . This includes the western Florida Panhandle, the Alabama and MS coastline and metro New Orleans. "The rains are across Florida".

Nick Ellis III and his father Nick Ellis II picked up their sandbags Saturday and gave Manatee County workers a hand by picking up shovels and filling their own bags.

In a visit to Panama City Beach yesterday, Scott said, "We have already moved some high water vehicles up to the panhandle from Fish and Wildlife". After peaking as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 miles per hour winds, Alex hit the Azores as a tropical storm with 65 miles per hour winds on January 15.

Moving into Sunday, things look just a tad better with the rain chances. Once again, very heavy rainfall is likely with these tropical downpours, and brief tornadoes will be possible.

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