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U.S. states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

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Tommy Whitlock left places a filled sand bag onto his trailer at a Harrison County Road Department sand bag location as Joseph Buckner adjusts the load while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico (Credit AP

Pasco County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning.

And a storm surge watch was in effect from the Suwannee to Navarre near Pensacola.

The main difference between a tropical storm and a subtropical storm comes down to the structure. Highs by this afternoon will reach into the mid to upper 80s and possibly higher if we get more sun, but like this past weekend we'll see storms pop up in the afternoon and evening again across the area. Rain chances remain at 60 percent every day through Friday, according to the Weather Service. With a tropical storm, the maximum winds and strongest thunderstorms sit close to the center of the storm.

Storm Alberto lashed the western Cuban region of Artemisa on Sunday (May 27), swelling a nearby river and dumping up to 12 cm of rain in less than eight hours. A faster northward or north-northwestward motion is expected during the next few days.

On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday. Area residents along the Mississippi Gulf Coast were under a number of weather advisories, as Subtropical Storm Alberto slowly makes its way through the Gulf of Mexico.

"Alberto will likely become a subtropical depression tonight or early Tuesday and degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday afternoon", the NHC said.

The storm was about 130 miles west-southwest of Tampa, moving north at 14 mph, the hurricane center said.

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Forecasters also warned that the storm could drop 2 inches of rain in SC, up to 4 inches in isolated areas, and cause flooding. The heavy rain along with the saturated grounds could lead to some flash flooding.

At least 340 dead people have been killed by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as the United States braces itself for the worst storm in a decade.

Rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto will slack off some for Memorial Day but meteorologists still forecast scattered showers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the holiday Monday. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast.

The National Hurricane Center has also warned of the possibility of tornadoes "from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, and southeastern Alabama".

SURF: Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday.

AL.com reported that double red flags are flying at beaches in Panama City and other areas, which means there are life-threatening rip currents.

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