ALBERTO: Florida, Alabama, Mississippi states of emergency

A road damaged in a previous storm in Alligator Point is not yet fixed. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the area.  Credit Erich Martin

A road damaged in a previous storm in Alligator Point is not yet fixed. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the area. Credit Erich Martin

If Alberto holds its northward heading, the storm could move inland around Apalachicola, Florida, or other communities across western Apalachee Bay as early as Sunday night. West Palm Beach, which experienced its 15th straight day of rain on Saturday, got 1.14 inches of rain on Friday, breaking the record of 1.08 inches for Friday that was set on May 25, 1972.

Alberto's landfall on Memorial Day also complicates matters as Dothan is a city that holiday travelers pass through as they go home from beach vacations.

The atmosphere will continue to be somewhat conducive for rotating isolated thunderstorms, so some tornadoes are possible in South Florida.

Alberto is expected to dump heavy rain on parts of Florida today and make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast Monday.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC. A flood watch remains in effect. Then, late Sunday the storm is expected to make a slight turn toward the northwest heading toward the western panhandle of Florida. Its top sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.

As Alberto remnants spin out across the Commonwealth Tuesday and Wednesday, expect rounds of heavy rain and even strong storms to impact the state. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas.

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The forecast shifts Alberto further away from Louisiana, which is now expected to get only 1-2 inches of rain over the next five days.

Since it has been pushing north-northeast over the last 6 to 12 hours, its slightly closer approach to the west coast of Florida has prompted tropical storm warnings to be posted for the coastline.

After moving on shore, the center of Alberto will probably move into northern Alabama by Tuesday. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Weather Prediction Center released graphics showing the Wiregrass area is at a moderate risk for flash flooding.

Cuba maintained its tropical storm watch for the province of Pinar del Rio, while Mexico cancelled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall. The chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected to remain about the same going into Tuesday evening, which is forecast to be cloudy with a low around 72.

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