States of emergency were declared in Florida, Alabama and MS on Saturday as upwards of 15 inches of rain is forecast for the national Memorial Day weekend holiday. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River. Then, late Sunday the storm is expected to make a slight turn toward the northwest heading toward the western panhandle of Florida.
"We expect heavier rain tomorrow throughout the day", said Chris Fisher, a metereologist for the Miami office of the National Weather Service.
The NHC expects the storm to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday around the MS or Alabama coast, at which point its strength should decrease and it will become a tropical depression. It now appears there will be no further threat of significant rainfall or flooding from the storm.
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A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida. Like residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties, people in Gulfport, Mississippi, lined up to fill sandbags.
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. There is now only a 30 percent chance of rain Sunday.
In its 2 p.m. advisory the National Hurricane Center reported Alberto's winds had remained at 50 miles per hour, the barometric pressure was at 994mb and Alberto appeared to be transitioning from subtropical to tropical.
The projected storm track for Alberto has shifted eastward, according to reports, lessening the threat to oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, but increasing the danger to northeastern Florida coastal areas.
Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto.
Alberto is expected to move inland into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday.