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Where Is Storm Going And When Will It Hit?

Where Is Storm Going And When Will It Hit?

"Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 29.0 North, longitude 86.0 West. Alberto is moving northward near 6 miles per hour (9 km/h).

Alberto is expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

"This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", said NWS Weather Prediction Center's Patrick Burke, cited by Reuters.

While forecasters discontinued the tropical storm warning west of the Florida-Alabama border, they were still concerned about the storm surge and flash flooding in the Panhandle. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of rain in some areas.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions", the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in a statement. Look for rain and a few storms, with some brief heavy downpours favoring the mountains today.

The NHC added: "Maximum sustained winds are near 65mph with higher gusts".

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Subtropical Storm Alberto is a little better organized this morning and winds are at 45 miles per hour.

"Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and South Florida [Sunday]", the National Hurricane Center warned. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.

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. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto.

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until Friday.

According to the National Weather Service in State College, Alberto is expected to track nearly due north, arriving in MI by mid- to late-week. However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said.

For those who wish to dip their toes in the water this week, be warned: strong breezes will produce above-normal waves, ranging from 2 to 4 feet, and unsafe rip currents through midweek, forecasters said.