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TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- More than 20,000 people along Florida's Gulf Coast were ordered to clear out Monday as Alberto -- the very first tropical storm of the new hurricane season -- unexpectedly picked up steam and threatened to come ashore as a hurricane.
A hurricane warning for the Gulf Coast was posted, with forecasters saying the storm could hit on Tuesday morning.
Gov. Jeb Bush signed a declaration of emergency allowing him to call up the National Guard and put laws against price gouging in place.