Alberto makes landfall in Florida

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Other than that, the forecast from the National Hurricane Center has changed very little in the past 24 hours, and Alberto is still likely to come ashore a strong subtropical storm. Mayor Tony Kennon said that Alberto has kept tourists away from the town during what could have been its busiest weekend, although a few courageous souls showed up.

Monday morning, Alberto was moving at about 6 mph -down from 14 mph and then 12 mph on Sunday- with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for 40 counties that will be impacted most by Alberto.

In Taylor County, there are voluntary evacuations for those in coastal zones and beach communities, mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas.

Brief tornadoes are possible from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC and southeastern Alabama.

All three counties are in north Florida. According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.

The National Weather Service said rains in Cuba could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Alberto makes landfall in Florida
Alberto makes landfall in Florida

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Sunday evening until Monday morning for the northern two-thirds of the state. Parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama could get from 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) with some areas getting as much as a foot of rain. Many spent the holiday weekend filling sandbags while businesses closed down as the storm moved in.

After Alberto reached 3.25 days as a named storm, Colorado State University meteorologist Philip Klotzbach said that it is "the longest-lived Atlantic named storm forming in May since Alice in 1953". However, once Alberto is inland and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts Friday prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

The Miami-based center said in a 5 p.m. EDT advisory that Alberto's core made landfall Monday at Laguna Beach, Florida, about 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City.

Also any showers or storms that pop up due to the daytime heating will be moving in the flow around Alberto and will travel north to south.

Trivia: Although subtropical storms have always been a part of the historical record, they were not officially given names until 2002.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

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