Alberto bringing scattered storms and gusty winds to the area

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north

On Saturday afternoon the storm was centered about 65 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba and about 195 miles southwest of the Dry Tortugas, the National Hurricane Center said, after a reconnaissance aircraft investigated the storm.

A more widespread area of rain and embedded storms will arrive early Tuesday and last all day before Alberto moves north of Alabama by Wednesday.

Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River. The National Weather Service warns that rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the Gulf Coast on Sunday, and tropical storm force winds and storm surge could also begin to impact that area.

All 67 Florida counties were issued the emergency notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

Tropical Tidbits provides the latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The center of the storm is forecasted to come over the Alabama-Florida border.

Patrick Burke of the weather service said: "This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle". In both a tropical or subtropical storm, the maximum winds measured must be 39 miles per hour or greater. Rainfall totals are forecast to reach 2 to 4 inches across most of the region with isolated amounts of 5 to 6 inches.

The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm Saturday.

For Central Florida, the biggest threat will be heavy rainfall.

Alberto is the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which runs through the fall and often brings heavy storm damage to the Gulf Coast and southeastern United States. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or Tuesday.

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".

Alberto is becoming better organized Sunday morning as it churns northward into the Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center and 10Weather meteorologists.

In a tropical storm or hurricane, the deeper storms and the stronger winds are located very close to the storm's center. Tampa Bay is under a slight risk of severe weather today, a few tornadoes are possible along with tropical downpours.

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