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Florida Gov. Declares State Of Emergency Ahead Of Subtropical Storm Alberto

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Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north

Phil Bryant also announced a state of emergency and an order "making the National Guard and other resources available should they become necessary".

Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) early Friday and was located 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of Cozumel, Mexico.

Sunday will be a transition day with not as many storms. Heavy rainfall is expected to affect western Cuba, much of the Florida peninsula and the northeastern gulf coast through the weekend.

Alberto is expected to travel across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Saturday night through Monday and approach the northern part of the Gulf where it could make landfall Monday night.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 85 miles south/southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

While Alberto will remain well to our south and west, it will help to propel areas of very heavy rain into the region from time to time starting late Sunday and lasting into Tuesday.

The National Weather service here in Melbourne has issued a Flood Watch for Brevard County through 8:00 p.m. Monday. Locally HIGHER amounts are possible. "There could be some possible high surf with hazardous high risk of rip currents along the beaches".

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Alarms were first raised on Thursday when the NHC estimated a 90 per cent chance a subtropical or tropical cyclone would form in the central or eastern parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.

The warning area stretches from Mobile, Alabama across the coast along the Florida Panhandle. Heavy rainfall, flooding and tropical winds.

A 90 percent chance of rain is forecast for Sunday with up to 1 inch of rain expected to fall throughout the day. Several more inches of rain is likely this weekend from Alberto.

Flooding potential will increase across the southeast early next week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland.

An isolated tornado could be possible in the outer bands of the storm and weather and emergency management officials are urging people to pay close attention to the weather over the weekend.

In the next 24 hours Alberto is expected to strengthen as it continues to travel north over warmers waters in the Gulf and combines with an upper level low.

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