(Miami, FL) -- Gulf Coast states are bracing for the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season as it begins to intensify. States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns northward in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters anticipate the storm will become fully tropical by tomorrow. Should the storm remain on its current track, it would make landfall tonight near Apalachicola, Florida.
A turn to the northwest would mean landfall on Memorial Day between Pensacola and Panama City, and even further northwest would put Mobile, Alabama in the storm's crosshairs.