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Florida and MS launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto strengthened slightly overnight as it continued to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico, according to the National Hurricane Center, but Louisiana continues to appear to be in the clear when it comes to the heavier rainfall associated with the system. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Sunday that a mandatory evacuation has been issued in Franklin County for all barrier islands there and those in the county living directly on the coast in mobile homes or in recreation vehicle parks. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

Tropical Storm Warnings now include the majority of the west coast of Florida. It will continue to move north and then northwest heading towards the northern Gulf coast.

There also is a potential for storms and rain throughout the rest of the week, Corless said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is a little better organized this morning and winds are at 45 miles per hour. Gradual strengthening is forecast until the system 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.

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Travis Lee loads filled sandbags onto a truck bed as he and a co-worker prepare to protect the storage company they work for, on Saturday, in Gulfport, Miss.

Alberto had picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it the warning of life-threatening inundation, said the Miami-based hurricane centre.

By midday Sunday, the US Southeast was seeing 50-mile-per-hour (80-km-per-hour) winds and up to 10 inches of rain in some places, Ken Graham, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center, said in a video briefing.

On Sunday, the chance of rain includes the entire day, but storms will again be more likely in the afternoon in evening.

But the 2018 season is off to an early start with Tropical Storm Alberto being the first named storm.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.That tropical moisture will make its way into North Carolina Monday and Tuesday.


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