States of Emergency declared in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi as Tropical Storm Alberto nears

Alberto, the first storm of the season, continues hurtling toward the Gulf Coast, with residents being warned of heavy rain, wind and flash flooding.

Florida, Alabama and Mississippi have declared states of emergency.

The subtropical storm has officially been named as the first storm of the 2018 hurricane season, threatening to smash into America’s Gulf Coast. 

The National Weather Service has warned residents to “take this storm seriously.”

Things to do in the likelihood of a storm

Following the announcement by the Met Office that Trinidad and Tobago is being placed under a Tropical Storm Warning, here are a few tips to take into consideration if further information confirms that a storm is approaching.

* Always keep a battery-powered radio in your home so that you can tune to radio stations if you lose electricity. Check or change the batteries frequently.

* Keep a flashlight in an easily accessible spot on every floor of your home.

* Keep a supply of candles on hand for power failures.

Internationally: Schools closed Tuesday as New York prepares for biggest storm this winter

New York City public schools are closed Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

A massive blizzard is expected to bring up to two feet of snow to the area. The snow should start late Monday night.

Mayor de Blasio is advising everyone remain off the roads Tuesday.

The New York City Emergency Management Department today issued a hazardous travel advisory.

“New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.