Scattered showers and storms to hit Central Florida

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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, said Alberto'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.

Heavy downpours are expected to begin lashing parts of those states on Sunday.

"We're going to unplug everything that we can unplug, we're going to lift it up the best that we can and we're just going to let mother nature take its course", he said.

The storm system could move slowly through Upstate; if so, that would increase the chances of heavy rain.

Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency for the area rebuilding from a devastating flood about two years ago that killed two people and damaged dozens of buildings.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its hurricane season forecast last week and it predicts 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 miles per hour (100 kph).

The US-based National Hurricane Centre is warning that Alberto could produce up to 600 millimetres of rain in western Cuba.

The storm has the potential to become very serious.



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