Storm Alberto Causes Beach Erosion in Longboat Key, Florida

Source FOX 8

Source FOX 8

Alabama and MS have activated their National Guards in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is expected to make Landfall in Florida on Monday.

USA forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area.

Storm Alberto is now 120 miles south of Apalachicola, in Florida, and is due to make landfall along the Panhandle part of the state at about 4pm (8pm BST) today, according to the US National Hurricane Centre. A tropical storm warning is in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the entire WLRN listening area through Monday.

"'We know certain areas have been compromised from last year's storm, and that makes hurricane preparedness ... even more important this year, ' says Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane season forecaster at the Climate Prediction Center". The storm had top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

Alberto - or what remains of it - will move into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.

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.

Showers will begin spreading in from south to north late Sunday night into Monday.

As for potential impacts, with a more eastern track of the system, the heaviest rains will likely be seen in East Alabama with the strongest winds up to 35 miles per hour possible in West Alabama Monday night into early Tuesday morning. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.

Franklin County, in the Florida Panhandle, has issued a mandatory evacuation for its barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico affecting some 4,200 housing units, while Taylor County, to the east, has a voluntary evacuation order in place for its coastal areas.

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken May 26 shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Just another day of living in Florida, hurricane season starting up here soon", Kissimmee resident Nelson Humphrey said.

The NWS said waves as high as 5.5 metres could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Ala., and northwestern Florida on Monday. The storm is moving toward the northwest near 9 miles per hour (15 km/h). For information specific to your area, please see products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office.

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