A tropical storm warning remained in effect stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.
Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, saidAlberto's biggest threat would be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches of rain in some areas.
Coastal areas could also experience 2 to 4 feet of storm surge.
The projected storm track for Alberto has shifted eastward, according to reports, lessening the threat to oil production facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, but increasing the danger to northeastern Florida coastal areas.
A tornado threat exists in the front-right quadrants of the storm, which today is northern Florida and most of Georgia and SC.
By midday on Sunday, the storm was about 240 miles (386 km) northwest of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.
"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring", Scott said.
Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night.
Though the Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday, Alberto was throwing disarray into long holiday weekend plans along the Gulf Coast.
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