Alberto nears the Florida panhandle, bringing rain, gusty winds

Alicia Guzman
May 29, 2018

Fortunately, Alberto never reached hurricane status, or even tropical storm status, and is instead being called a "subtropical storm".

Alberto could cause US$400 million to US$500 million across the region, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview.

Some rain is possible for Memorial Day today but the greatest chance comes Tuesday when Subtropical Storm Alberto makes a northward journey through the state. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.

Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties.

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The evacuations affect about 4,200 homes.

Nearly 140 damaging storm reports, including eight tornadoes, were made Sunday from the Midwest into the Rockies, where damage was reported to homes in Wyoming. The most intense rain and thunderstorm activity with the storm is located directly north of the center.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County emergency management director, suggested people stay safe - preferably indoors.

Other impacts from the storm include rip currents and tornadoes. The heavy rain along with the saturated grounds could lead to some flash flooding.

The 5am National Hurricane Center forecast reflects these changes and now has landfall at late tonight, further west than yesterday evening's forecast, and much weaker.

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Alberto is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday, and the three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm have begun preparing states of emergency.

Waters off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast are expected to be rough through Tuesday. As it travels up the warm waters of the Gulf, it could well become a full tropical storm.

Meteorologists expect a turn toward the north-northwest at a slower speed into Sunday. Inland areas would likely experience winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour from Sunday night through Monday afternoon.

Gusty showers were to begin lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding. Meanwhile, areas along the Florida Panhandle endured tropical storm conditions as thunderstorms and high winds from the northern bands of the storm reached inland.

The flood watch runs to 8 p.m. Sunday, during the period when Alberto is expected to pass closest to South Florida on its course toward the northern Gulf coast.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 5 a.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was maintaining its strength as it approached the Florida panhandle and was centered about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Destin.

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