ST. PETERSBURG, FL. – Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched Saturday night before the arrival ofa slow system that is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern US Gulf Coast the holiday weekend. CBS Miami meteorologist Craig Setzer called Alberto a "big, lopsided storm" – and the effects of the storm will be felt long before he hits land.
Cuba was hit by rain on its west coast, increasing the risk of flash floods and mudslides. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that the island's rainfall could reach 1
Heavy rains were expected to overtake parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. Tropical storm warnings have been issued for parts of Florida and Alabama stating that tropical storms are possible there until early Monday.
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Precipitation accumulations of 3 to 7 inches with maximum volumes of 10 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and South Florida. Approximately 5 to 10 inches of rain are possible along the affected areas in East Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, West Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle. Isolated areas could see as much as 15 inches.
Overcast and occasional drizzle, several Gulfport residents in Mississippi line up to fill 10- and 20-pound sacks (5 and 9 kilograms) with sand they use to block inundating floods Alberto ,
Tommy Whitlock said sandbagging has become an ordinary event in his life as he lives alongside a creek.
"I do that because every time we have a heavy rain, it gets flooded in 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, filled bags as he waited for his nephew to come home to protect his garage.
"I'm 65 years old and too old to do that," he said, laughing.
Alberto – the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season officially starting on June 1 – is likely to intensify to the northern Gulf Coast, probably on Monday night.
The NWS said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular golf beaches in Baldwin County, Alabama and northwest Florida on Monday. A high surf warning was in effect until 7pm. Tuesday local time.  At 5 pm On Saturday, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Alberto is about 155 kilometers north of the western tip of Cuba and heads north at 13 miles (20 km / h). The storm had sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km / h) and was supposed to intensify in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can amplify into hurricanes.
For the western province of Pinar del Río in Cuba, where heavy rains could trigger flash floods and mudslides, a warning of a tropical storm remained in place, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Mexico canceled his watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain. There were no immediate reports of emergencies. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to the middle of the Hubcap level.
The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along the Gulf beaches. Along with heavy rains and strong winds comes the rough seas and the risk of raging currents from Florida to Louisiana, which can sweep swimmers into the sea.
Tracey Gasper and her 6-year-old son Chase traveled from Donaldsonville, Louisiana, to Biloxi Beach to spend a day in the sun with a group of friends from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The weather had deterred the usual crowd expected for the holiday weekend.
"It was a 50:50 chance we should come down and we decided to dare," Gasper said.
What is a Tropical Storm Guard?
A Tropical Storm Guard means that tropical storm conditions prevail possible for the area and time frame described. According to the latest information from NOAA, the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and areas of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche should monitor Alberto for the next 24 hours.
What is a subtropical storm?
The National Hurricane Center defines subtropical storm as a "subtropical cyclone" in which the maximum sustained wind speed – with the US-minute average – is 39 mph or higher. Subtropical storms have cooler centers than tropical storms, but eventually they can develop into tropical storms and then hurricanes.