May 27, 2018, 11:22 PM ET

Gulf Coast prepares for Alberto as heavy rain, gusty winds hit Florida

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Subtropical storm Alberto has begun to make its way toward the Florida Panhandle.

Governors in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida have already declared a state of emergency.

Gusty winds from Pensacola to Miami Beach forced lifeguards to post red flags on the beach, warning swimmers and waders about rip currents and high surf conditions.

"These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions, according to a statement issued by the National Hurricane Center.

The storm's center was 95 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, at 11 p.m. Sunday and moving northwest at 9 mph. The storm was showing sustained winds of 65 mph.

Alberto was located about 330 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, early Sunday morning.ABC News
Alberto was located about 330 miles south of Apalachicola, Florida, early Sunday morning.

The Music Explosion event in Miami, billed as "one of the world's greatest air shows," was canceled by the City of Miami Beach.

"The safety of the public, the VIP guests and the performers was paramount in making the decision to cancel the concert," according to a warning on the event's website.

Tropical storm warnings and watches remain in effect for parts of the Mississippi coast all the way to the western Gulf Coast of Florida.

Tropical storm watch and warnings are in place for Alberto along the Gulf Coast.ABC News
Tropical storm watch and warnings are in place for Alberto along the Gulf Coast.

While no mandatory evacuations have been ordered, some boat owners aren't willing to wait out Alberto.

Bill Dabney of Oxford, Mississippi, is planning to get to drier pastures.

"It’s just not worth it to us," he told ABC affiliate WLOX. "Children, wife. No need in scaring anybody. Including myself."

Another Mississippian boater Tim Chapin told WLOX he safely moved one of his vessels out of the harbor.

"It’s one of those close calls," he said. "It’s the safest thing."

But his other boat, a 32-foot Carver, has nowhere to go.

"In our case, it’s a big issue to move a boat because at this point, we don’t really have a location to move it to," he said.

While Sunday had started off as a "really nice day," according to a spokesman for Gulf Shores, Alabama, there had been a concerted effort to warn people to prepare for the worst and staff started clearing culverts to be able to handle the heavy rains.

Flash flooding and even tornadoes are possible due to the storms hitting Florida from Alberto.ABC News
Flash flooding and even tornadoes are possible due to the storms hitting Florida from Alberto.

By Memorial Day, Alberto is forecast to make landfall along the northern Gulf Coast.

The following day, Alberto, or what remains of it, will move toward the Tennessee Valley.

ABC News' M.L. Nestel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  • ME_NZ

    Good nothing to see here folks more record bad weather events across the US but don't worry climate change is all a Chinese hoax. Lets withdraw from the Paris climate accords and burn more coal coz we need those pathetic badly paid dirty dangerous 50,000 coal jobs. Does anyone not think this doesn't cost more and more. You stupid climate change deniers proud are you ? Bad news is this is just the tip of damn iceberg of the climate catastrophe that is coming. Where is Pruitt and his EPA now? Busy cooking up a new scheme to swindle the American taxpayer no doubt and wallowing in the fat idiot Drumpf's swamp. If he digs coal sooooo much good lets give him a shovel stick him down a mine even just for one day see if he loves coal and hates the climate soooo much after that?

  • rightened

    Since the last hurricane, my uncle has been transferring everything off-grid. To date, he's got everything working off propane, from his generator to his stove; the only thing not hooked up is his dryer (the parts are taking too long to come in). Sorry, I'd just as soon not live in that region.

  • Scanlan

    Stock up on booze before it's too late!

  • FlorMedDoc

    The storm of the century. Here on the Gulf Coast of Florida we had an astounding 2 inches of rain and wind approaching 18 mph and at 4 PM Sun

  • TexasVulcan

    Stay safe folks. As I said before, sorry you are threatened, but I am so glad it's NOT coming to Texas.