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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released its hurricane forecasts for 2018. Here's what you need to know.
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Governors in Florida and Mississippi have declared a state of emergency prior to the subtropical storm Alberto as it sets out on a path toward the Gulf of Mexico, which meteorologists claim is the storm.

Alberto, currently northwest of Cuba, heads north towards the Gulf and is expected to bring heavy rainfall and possible flooding to the coast over the weekend. On its current track, the storm along the Gulf Coast near the border between Florida and Alabama would land on Monday or early Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant declared on Saturday the state of emergency deployment of the state's National Guard in preparation for the storm.

"Whether you live in this state or are just visiting, you need to stay up-to-date on this evolving tropical system," Bryant said in a statement. "Coastal and inland floods could be a serious problem in the coming days, and I ask everyone to make final preparations for your family emergency plan, especially for those living in campers and low-lying areas."

Florida Gov. Rick Scott also issued a ruling on Saturday morning that declared the state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties as the state prepared for it.

Scott said in a statement that it will help state and local governments to coordinate with federal agencies to get needed resources.

"While we monitor the subtropical storm Albertos northern route to Florida, it is vital that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepared for the torrential rain and heavy floods that this Storm, "Scott said in the press release.

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Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane season after the National Hurricane Center. It follows the deadly and catastrophic hurricane season of 2017, which destroyed large parts of Puerto Rico and submerged Texas coastal areas.

Meteorologists say Alberto is currently packing sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, but reinforcement is expected as he moves through warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico. For the storm to reach the hurricane's strength, it should have at least 74 km / h of wind.

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