A wet Memorial Day weekend continues as Alberto treks north

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north

Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. On Sunday morning, the storm was located about 150 miles (240 km) northwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Several counties along the coast remain under a tropical storm warning, including Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando.

The Florida panhandle into eastern Alabama and western Georgia.4 to 8 inches, isolated 12 inches.

The National Weather Service says a storm surge of 2-to-4 feet is possible in flood prone areas along the coast, although specifics on where the highest water rise might be are "still unfolding" at this time. It's moving north at 14 miles per hour (22 kph), and has top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph).

Gusty showers were to begin lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding.

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, the first named Atlantic storm system of 2018, is expected to bring heavy rain and flooding when it makes landfall sometime on Memorial Day.

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"I ask everyone to please make final preparations to your family emergency plan, especially those that live in mobile homes and low-lying areas", said Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.

With conditions expected to worsen overnight, officials are encouraging people planning to check out Monday to give themselves extra time. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday. Now that Alberto has already moved into the Gulf of Mexico there could be further changes. A storm surge watch has been discontinued west of the Florida/Alabama border. A Flash Flood Watch is also in effect for the entire Florida Panhandle - including all inland areas - through Monday night, with coastal flooding and rip currents adding to the hazards at area beaches.

"The storm was moving north at about 14 miles per hour, so not real fast".

A view of a partially flooded farm as Subtropical Storm Alberto passes by the west coast of Cuba, in Bahia Honda, Cuba, May 26, 2018.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.

"Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted - everyone in our state must be prepared", Scott said in a statement.

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