National Hurricane Center

Alberto continues to strengthen; Tropical Storm warnings as Florida landfall is forecast

Subtropical Storm Alberto continues to strengthen over Florida this Sunday, forecasting to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle later today.

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto is located near the latitude 27.1 North, longitude 84.4 West as of the 11 a.m. advisory.

The storm is moving toward the North near 14 mph. A turn toward the north-northwest is expected tonight, according to the Nationa Hurricane Center.

The center of Alberto will cross the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico today only 141 miles off the Fort Myers Beach Coast and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area tonight or Monday.

The subtropical storm is starting to transition into a tropical storm, according to Meteorologist Jason Dunning.

Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Saturday morning.

“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 in a statement.

The Subtropical Storm formed in the western Caribbean Sea Friday morning.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center.

NBC2 has issued a SEVERE WEATHER FIRST ALERT for Sunday for a flooding and isolated tornado risk, in addition to a Tropical Storm Warning for coastal Charlotte and Lee counties due to Subtropical Storm Alberto.

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