States of Emergency declared in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi as Tropical Storm Alberto nears

Alberto, the first storm of the season, continues hurtling toward the Gulf Coast, with residents being warned of heavy rain, wind and flash flooding.

Florida, Alabama and Mississippi have declared states of emergency.

The subtropical storm has officially been named as the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season, threatening to smash into America’s Gulf Coast. 

The National Weather Service has warned residents to “take this storm seriously.”

Florida, Alabama and Mississippi declared states of emergency on Saturday as the storm threatened up to 12 inches of rain as well as tidal surges and damaging winds.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida. 

Heavy rainfall is possible from eastern Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida panhandle.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement that all 67 Florida counties were issued were issued an emergency notice to allow local governments enough time to prepare. 

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency covering 40 counties beginning at 6am on Sunday.

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