Alabama, Florida and Mississippi declared a state of emergency as Sunday’s subtropical storm Alberto heads to the Gulf of Mexico.
The governor of Florida, Rick Scott, issued the emergency declaration for 67 counties. The governor of Mississippi, Phil Bryant, authorized the use of the National Guard, according to a statement from his office.
The governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, issued an emergency declaration for 40 counties, starting at 6 am this Sunday. Ivey activated the state’s emergency operations center while the Alabama National Guard put its flood evacuation equipment into operation.
Alberto, the first named storm of the season, is expected to strengthen as it moves into the Gulf this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said, and cause heavy rains and possible flooding in Florida and much of the southeastern United States. in the coming days.
Some 14 inches of rain are expected in Cuba, the Hurricane Center said in an alert on Saturday morning, while in the Keys and south Florida it could be up to 25 centimeters.
The center of the storm is expected to approach the western tip of Cuba on Saturday afternoon and then take it east of the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night through Monday.
The hurricane season does not begin formally until June 1, but apparently Alberto was not notified. The tropical system became a subtropical storm on Friday, the hurricane center said. As it passes through the warm waters of the Gulf, it could completely become a tropical storm.
The early storm does not necessarily imply that the hurricane season is more hectic than usual. The official forecast of the National Hurricane Center released on Thursday indicates that this season will probably be close to or higher than usual.
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