US Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north

US Gulf Coast prepares as Alberto brings wind, rain north

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. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.

Eddy Warner loads sand bags as he waits for family members to assist and tie off and load the bags into his vehicle, while preparing for Subtropical Storm Alberto to make its way through the Gulf of Mexico in Gulfport, Miss., Saturday, May 26, 2018. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Live video from webcams posted in Clearwater and Destin showed half-empty beaches, and whitecaps roiled the normally placid Gulf waters.

Rick Scott (R) also declared a state of emergency in all of the state's 67 counties on Saturday.

Showers will begin spreading in from south to north late Sunday night into Monday. Alberto is expected to move inland into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and move into the Ohio Valley on Wednesday. "Not only was it hard getting in, but it was worse getting out of the water", she said.

Tommy Whitlock said sandbagging has become a usual event in his life since he lives next to a creek.

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated their homes on Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters saying it could bring "life-threatening inundation" to southern coastal states.

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The water could reach two to four feet high with the deepest water expected along the immediate coast.

Heavy rain and tropical storm conditions are likely to reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of the large storm system.

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office and Liberty County Emergency Management says they are making preparations to ensure they are prepared to respond to any impacts. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

Alberto's top winds rose to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour early Sunday, up from 40 earlier, the National Hurricane Center said in a 11 a.m. The main threat is from heavy rain that could lead to flooding, the city said, but also high winds and storm surge could cause problems.

The storm now has maximum sustained winds of almost 50-miles-per-hour and is likely to become a tropical storm. The morning will be wet, but then we'll have a few hours of dry weather during the afternoon before the chance of a pop-up storm returns later in the day. We are surrounded by corridors of moisture and tropical downpours, however, so the improved weather is not expected to last.

"Just hopeful that all the peanut stands will be OK, but we may have to replant some peanuts", said Morris.

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