USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

  • USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

STORM SURGE: Water levels along the northeast Gulf of Mexico coast are receding, and will continue to do so overnight.

Our weather today will have periods of rain, some will be heavy at times. River flooding will be possible this week as a result. Flood warnings and other tornado warnings were issued there Sunday night.

Up to 1 inch of rainfall is possible area wide, with some locally higher amounts possible. From Tuesday through Saturday an additional inch is expected in the area.

"It's slowly weakening and it's not regaining any strength", David Roth, of the National Hurricane Center, (NHC) told Reuters news agency. Because of expected deteriorating weather, the sandbag distribution points will not be open Sunday, the county said.

Alberto was 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida, and moving north at 8 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an advisory at 11 a.m.

Alberto is expected to affect travel on Monday, when many people will return from their holidays.

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.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Suwannee River to Navarre Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Suwannee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Maximum sustained winds were near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. "I don't know if that's due to wind gusts, water or the combination".

Flash flood watches are in effect for parts of several states from Alabama through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, the Carolinas and Virginia and West Virginia.

"The main thing we would advise people is to not pay too much attention to the maximum winds", Zelinsky said.

Florida, Alabama, and MS have all declared states of emergency, with rainfall in some areas expected to be over a dozen inches.

It will bring heavy rain and winds of 100kmh (65mph) across southern states, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a state of emergency on Saturday for all 67 counties in his state.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, residents lined up to fill sandbags hoping to block expected floodwaters.

Waves as high as 18 feet were forecast for northern Gulf beaches.

After the exceptionally destructive season last year, forecasters said last week that the possibility of a weak El Niño, along with near-average sea surface temperatures, suggest that this year's hurricane season will be normal or only slightly more active than average.