After making landfall near the Florida panhandle, the storm was expected to continue northwest, slowing down Monday, according to weather.com. "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast".
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.
Florida and MS are under states of emergency ahead Subtropical Storm Alberto hitting the Golf Coast.
- Alberto has strengthened to 50 miles per hour winds, but is still a subtropical system.
Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast.
As Alberto remnants spin out across the Commonwealth Tuesday and Wednesday, expect rounds of heavy rain and even strong storms to impact the state.
A storm surge watch is in effect for coastal Citrus and Levy counties. Like residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties, people in Gulfport, Mississippi, lined up to fill sandbags. Forecasters expected Alberto to intensify to a tropical storm Saturday morning, but do not anticipate it to become a hurricane.
At 2 a.m. EDT Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 380 miles (615 kilometers) south of Apalachicola, Florida, and moving north-northeast at 13 mph (20 kph).
In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core. On top of that, there could be as much as $600 million in lost holiday spending as Alberto puts a damper on plans during the Memorial Day three-day weekend.
The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on the storm, and it has not strengthened much if at all, the center says.