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Alberto's track shifts east and forecast changes for Mississippi Coast

Alberto's track shifts east and forecast changes for Mississippi Coast

The National Weather Service's office in Tampa said in a briefing Saturday that winds from Alberto would increase late Saturday night, persisting during the day Sunday, then diminish later Sunday night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain.

A tropical storm warning expired for Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, the National Hurricane Centre said.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause risky rip currents.

- Alberto has strengthened to 50 miles per hour winds, but is still a subtropical system.

Alberto is the first named storm in the Atlantic in 2018.

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border. There is also a high risk of risky rip currents and extremely rough bay waters.

Flash flooding is the number one storm-related killer in the United States.

However the greatest threat for flooding has shifted east, with the potential for the highest rain totals now along and east of a line from Greenville, Ala., to Navarre Beach in Florida.

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued its march toward the Florida Panhandle on Sunday with freshening winds and a shield of rain that stretched from the Emerald Coast to the Florida Keys.

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MS governor Phil Bryant has declared a state of emergency as the storm moves toward the state's coast. As it travels up the warm waters of the Gulf, it could well become a full tropical storm.

Here in the Bay State, meteorologist Matt Doody with the National Weather Service in Boston said the remnants of Alberto will likely be seen as early as next week. The highest winds are also now away from the center.

For Central Florida, the biggest threat will be heavy rainfall. It will be in effect until Tuesday morning. Right now, our forecast calls for widespread amounts of 1 to 4 inches of rain in the area.

Forecasters will also be on the lookout for the possibility of Alberto-spawned tornadoes starting later this afternoon.

US National Weather Service (NWS ) on Sunday released warnings that people living along coastal regions in Florida, Alabama and MS should "take this storm seriously", as up to a foot of rain is expected to flood low lying areas alongside high winds over the popular holiday weekend.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall.

This means widespread rain and isolated storms will be likely in our area Monday through Wednesday.

Two to 4 inches of rain will be possible areawide, with eastern Alabama possibly getting 4 to 6 inches.

The forecast track shows Alberto is set to move over the northern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night and approach the northern Gulf Coast on Monday.

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