Alberto's track shifts east, and forecast changes for Mississippi Coast

The forecast track of Subtropical Storm Alberto has shifted farther east, the National Hurricane Center said Saturday night and again Sunday morning.

The expected impact on the Mississippi Coast has lessened, and the tropical storm watch and storm surge watch have been canceled for the three coastal counties.

The National Weather Service in New Orleans on Sunday said it’s possible all the watches will be canceled for South Mississippi as the track shifted even farther east.

There is still a flash-flood watch for Jackson and George counties.

Alberto’s rain bands could still reach the Coast.

The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on the storm, and it had not strengthened much if at all, the center said. By Sunday morning, it showed slight strengthening, and the planes will fly out again today to investigate.

It is expected to be a tropical depression before the new estimated time of landfall Monday.

The new forecast track centers landfall in the Florida panhandle near Panama City. But the broad storm system is expected to bring heavy rains across the northern Gulf Coast starting well before landfall.

The Mississippi Coast now has a 50 percent chance of rain Sunday. There is an 80 percent chance of rain Monday and 40 percent that night.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Saturday morning declaring a state of emergency ahead of Alberto's landfall.

It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical.

Who to call

Residents with questions about Alberto preparations on the coast can call the county emergency management offices:

Hancock County: 228-255-0942

Harrison County: 228-865-4002

Jackson County: 228-769-3111