In 2017, the United States experienced the worst natural disasters in the country’s history. Between the tropical storms, flooding, hurricanes, and wildfires, the storms cost the U.S. more money than any year prior to it.
Now, people are bracing for 2018 storms that will inevitably affect millions of people in the United States yet again. On Saturday, the start of the storm season became a reality.
On Saturday morning, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared the state as being in a state of emergency. He made the declaration for all 67 counties located in the state. Florida is in a state of emergency as they are bracing for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is currently heading to the Gulf of Mexico.
According to ABC News, Alberto is the first named storm of the season and it is expected to continue to strengthen. The National Hurricane Center said that Alberto is likely to cause heavy rains and potential flooding to Florida, as well as other areas in the Southeast.
After making the announcement, Scott said, “Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted- everyone in our state must be prepared.”
Scott noted that while the official storm season doesn’t begin until June 1, Alberto is making an early appearance. He said that the swells caused by Alberto will “create dangerous surf and rip currents along the Gulf Coast.”
Over the next few days, Cuba, the Florida Keys, and South Florida are each expected to get between 10 and 15 inches of rain. By late Saturday afternoon, the storm is supposed to move closer to the western side of Cuba and then up into the Gulf of Mexico.
Please be praying for everyone that will be affected by this storm- for safety, provision, and wisdom in navigating through it. Share your prayers here! In breaking news, an Amber Alert was just issued for a toddler under sad circumstances. Please be praying.