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Mississippi, Florida, Alabama declare emergency before storm Alberto



Subtropical Storm Alberto could dampen the Memorial Day activities on the Gulf Coast this weekend, prompting the governors of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to take a preventative state of emergency.

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Alberto's center is expected to run west of Cuba, the Florida Keys and mainland Florida, overlooking East Louisiana, Florida Panhandle and the shores of Alabama and Mississippi.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Saturday morning that the state of emergency covers all 67 counties to "prepare for the torrential rain and heavy floods this storm will bring".

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said he would "provide the National Guard and other resources should they become necessary".

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey also said that he has instructed "key state agencies to be ready should they be needed in the coming days."

  The Albertos Track shows he may land on the Gulf Coast late Monday morning ABC News
Alberto's trail shows he may end up on the Gulf Coast late Monday morning.
  The storm is loose and disorganized on Saturday morning ABC News
The storm is loose and disorganized on Saturday morning

Alberto is the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season.

The Storm's Trail has traced north-northeast at 13 mph with wind speeds up to 40 mph.

The storm will trigger tropical rainstorms that hit Florida and the Gulf Coast at the end of the weekend.

  PHOTO: Empty beaches and low-hanging clouds will be shown on May 25, 2018 at Fort Lauderdale Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Wilfredo Lee / AP
Empty beaches and low-hanging clouds are shown May 25, 2018 at Fort Lauderdale Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Even before Alberto arrives, the tropical rainstorms and thunderstorms that precede him to cause short tornadoes and strong waves.

Rainfall will be difficult for places like Key West, Florida, which have already experienced their wettest May in record with 13.08 inches of rain.

Western Cuba could see over 2 feet of rain, causing deadly flash floods and mudslides.

Both storm surge and flash flood watches have been exhibited in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and much of Florida, where downpours could reach or exceed 2 inches per hour.

  PHOTO: Gulfport, Mississippi, shoveling sand into bags at a Harrison County Road Department's sand processing facility as they prepare for subtropical storm Alberto to make their way through the Gulf of Mexico on May 26, 2018. Rogelio V. Solis / AP
The residents of Gulfport, Mississippi, shovel sand into sacks at a Harrison County Road Department's sand processing facility as they prepare for the subtropical storm Alberto to march through on 26 May 2018 Gulf of Mexico to arrive. 19659014] A tropical storm watch has been released for parts of the Gulf Coast, including New Orleans, Biloxi, Mississippi and Mobile, Alabama. For parts of the coastal region from East Louisiana to the Panhandle of Florida, a storm surge guard was published. Storm tide could reach 2 to 4 feet if Alberto approaches the region on Monday.

  PHOTO: Flood Watches, Subtropical Storm Alberto Current Warnings ABC News
Flood Watches, Subtropical Storm Alberto Recent Warnings
  PHOTO: Tropical Storm Watch, Subtropical Storm Alberto Current Warnings ABC News [19659010] Tropical Storm Watch, Subtropical Storm Alberto Current Warnings

The locals are getting ready for the worst.

"I have over 100 sandbags in my driveway," said Edd Falsetti of Tampa, Florida, opposite ABC News Station WFTS. "That would be my 10th season in which I have them."

Krista Eva rejected her vacation plans to monitor the storm.

"Many people are not prepared because they say," Oh, it's just Florida weather, we will not be hit. "I think those last storms, especially Irma, have woken many people up ", she told WFTS.

The National Park Service has already announced the closure of West Ship Island and forced the boats in Gulfport Harbor to dock.

"It's devastating," National Park Service Cpt. Louis Skrmetta told ABC News Station WLOX.

"It's the perfect storm to ruin the tourism industry this weekend," said Skrmetta.

Edward Quinn, who runs a Gulfport Marina Bait and Tackle Shop across the harbor, invested $ 3,000 in a holiday weekend cooling system. He expected that he would "grow tenfold" with customers.

  PHOTO: Alicia Herrera, 10, from Germany, does not let dark clouds ruin her day at the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, May 25, 2018. Carline Jean / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP
Alicia Herrera, 10, from Germany, does not allow any dark clouds to ruin her day at the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on May 25, 2018.

That's all on hold and the expensive equipment may need to be moved along with its ships.

"Hopefully we do not have to move our boats, but in general, if you get wind over 40-50 mph, it can cause problems in the marina," Skrmetta WLOX said. "So you have to move out of these marinas and hopefully that will not be the case."

There were 79 reports of severe weather in the country on Friday, with most reports coming from the central United States. Three tornadoes, including a tramp in southern Minnesota and a super cell tornado in central Texas, were reported.

Hail up to the size of baseball and softballs were also reported in central Texas.

Parts of eastern Montana and western North Dakota are vulnerable to damage from winds, big hail, and lightning.

The next day, the threat from West Kansas to South North Dakota will expand.

ABC News & # 39; M.L. Nestel contributed to this report.


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