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Storm Alberto calls for emergency declarations in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi



The governors of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi have each declared a state of emergency in their states as Subtropical Storm Alberto spreads to the north and west.

The storm was expected "AccuWeather" already reported on Monday morning or as late as Monday night.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey made the statement for 40 counties. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the state of emergency for all 67 counties. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant said on Saturday that he also signed a proclamation that declared a state of emergency in his state.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and threaten the beginning of the summer tourist season for beach towns along the Gulf Coast] The governors' executive orders provide resources to state and local governments to prepare for the storm and its aftermath. The orders allow the deployment of National Guard personnel, if required.

At 5 am EDT on Sunday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 330 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, and was moving north-northeast at 1

3 o'clock. The storm had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and should get stronger as it moves across the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

  A cyclist tries to stay dry along Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, Florida, Friday, May 25, 2018. Rain from subtropical storm Alberto is expected to wet the Memorial Day weekend. (Jim Rassol / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

A cyclist tries to stay dry along Collins Ave. in Miami Beach, Florida, on Friday.

(Jim Rassol / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

In the Gulfport, Mississippi region, several residents gathered under the overcast skies and occasional drizzle on Saturday to fill 10- and 20-pound sacks of sand ( 19659005) Tommy Whitlock said sandbagging has become a regular event in his life because he lives next to a creek.

"I do this because we have a heavy rain every time, it floods at my house," Whitlock said. "We get water from other areas, and water can be up to a meter deep in some places."

Eddy Warner, a retired consultant to a construction company, was filling bags while waiting for his nephew to take them home. Protect his garage.

"I am 65 years old and too old to do that In Florida, Scott talked about the importance of emergency response.

"As we continue to monitor the subtropical storm Albertos northern path toward Florida, it is vital that all the counties in Florida over have all the resources available to keep families safe and ready for the torrential rain and heavy floods this storm will bring, "Scott said in a press release 5] "Today I have declared a state of emergency in all 67 counties of Florida to ensure that our state and local governments are able to coordinate with federal partners to obtain the needed resources."

Scott called on Floridians to Getting ready for the storm and developing an emergency plan.

"Remember, the trail of these storms can change without notice," Scott said. "Do not think that only areas in the cone will be hit – everyone in our state must be prepared for that."

Alberto, the first storm mentioned before the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, is expected to return It reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night, said the National Hurricane Center.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

              
             
               
              
              
              

              
          
  
          
              
              

 

Bradford Betz is an editor on Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.


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