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The gulf Coast braces for impact as Alberto threatens flooding

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The south of the United States braces for subtropical storm Alberto

Florida, Alabama and Mississippi declare states of emergency; Jonathan Serrie reports from Florida.

The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, strengthened Sunday from the west coast of Florida, as the threat of rain and rough surf kept some holidaymakers from the beaches along the eastern Coast of the Gulf in time for the busy Memorial Day Weekend.

The National Hurricane Center said in its 5 p.m. and opinion that Subtropical Storm Alberto now has top sustained winds of 50 km / h, and is located about 165 km west of Tampa, moving north-northwest at 12mph.

Subtropical Storm #Alberto Advisory 10: Alberto Turns North-Northwestward With No Change in Strength. https://t.co/VqHn0uj6EM

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) 27 May 2018

“On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will go over the northern part of the Gulf of Mexico tonight and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday,” the center said. “Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.”

The centre has also discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state peninsula. It says that the attention and care to stay in the Panhandle, where the storm is expected to landfall in the middle of the forecasts of heavy rainfall.

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect of the Anclote River to the Alabama-Mississippi border, according to the opinion.

“Swells generated by Alberto will affect the eastern and northern Coast of the Gulf until Tuesday,” the NHC warned. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

A man rides a bike down a flooded road as Tropical Storm Alberto along the western coast of Cuba, Bahia Honda, Cuba, 26 May 2018.

(REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini)

A subtropical storm as Alberto has a less defined and a cooler center than a tropical storm, and the strongest winds are found further from the city centre. Subtropical storms can develop into a tropical storm, which, in turn, may strengthen into a hurricane.

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Gusty showers were to begin lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flooding.

The governor of Florida, Alabama and Mississippi all declared states of emergency before the storm.

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Beaches in Florida were largely empty ahead of Memorial Day as Alberto approached the northern Coast of the Gulf of the wearing of strong wind and heavy rain.

The storm disrupted the long holiday weekend plans of Pensacola in the Florida Panhandle to Miami Beach, on Florida’s southeastern edge. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimmingand wading prohibited were, in the middle of high waves and dangerous conditions.

It also led to a mandatory evacuation of a few small, sparsely populated Coast of the Gulf of barrier islands in one Florida county: The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Sunday that a mandatory evacuation is issued in Franklin County for all of the barrier islands and in the province of living directly on the coast in a mobile home, or recreation vehicle parks.

This IS-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico.

(NOAA)

A press release from Florida Gov. Rick Scott has said that for Taylor County, Voluntary evacuations have been issued for those in the coastal areas and beach communities (Keaton, Lid, Cedar, Dark Islands), campers, rv parks, and low-lying areas.”

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Many made plans for the holiday weekend in Pensacola told Fox News on Sunday they have no plans to cut their short breaks.

“Just another day of life in Florida, hurricane season starts here soon,” Kissimmee resident Nelson Humphrey said. “It’s a little early, but it looks like it is going to be a lot of rain.”

Pensacola resident Lisa Perks told Fox News the surf was “very rough.”

Travis Lee loads full of sand bags on a truck bed as he and a colleague prepare for the protect of the storage company they work for, Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Gulfport, Miss.

(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

“We are in the water, and it is very rough, much worse than we thought it was. Not only was it difficult to get to, but it was worse, getting out of the water,” she said.

Under overcast skies and occasional drizzle, different Gulfport, Mississippi, residents prepared Saturday to fill 10 – and 20-pound bags with sand is used for blocking the advancing floodwater expected as a result of Alberto.

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Tommy Whitlock told the Associated Press that sandbagging has become a normal event in his life since he lives next to a creek.

“I do this because every time we have a hard rain, flooding in my house,” said Whitlock. “We get water from other areas, and the water can get up to a meter deep in some places.”

Fox News’ Jonathan Serrie in Pensacola, Florida, Zoe Szathmary and Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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