Rain should hold off for holiday, but hit with tropical storm later

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Heavy rain threat increases in the Tri-Cities Tuesday into Wednesday, as stronger rain bands associated with the remnants of a tropical storm move through the region. Alberto's center is expected to make landfall around mid-afternoon Monday near Pensacola, Florida.

The NHC registered winds of about 40 mph extending outward up to 105 miles from the center of the storm.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

Isolated tornadoes were possible across the central and northern Florida peninsula on Sunday night, according to the hurricane centre, while Alberto was also forecast to bring storm swells of about 60-120cm to low-lying areas that were "likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

One to 2 inches of rain is expected through Tuesday, with some areas receiving up to 3 to 4 inches of rain.

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But where and when the storm will make landfall depends on when the storm makes a northwest turn in the central Gulf of Mexico. Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula.

Parts of the area are under mandatory evacuation orders.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service forecast office. Highs by this afternoon will reach into the mid to upper 80s and possibly higher if we get more sun, but like this past weekend we'll see storms pop up in the afternoon and evening again across the area.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean hurricane season will be as busy as last year's though.

Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until Friday.

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In case you were wondering subtropical storm Alberto.it will make landfall across the Western Panhandle of Florida or Southern Alabama Memorial Day with tropical storm force winds and 6 to 12"+ of rain".

"This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", said NWS Weather Prediction Center's Patrick Burke, cited by Reuters. The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

The center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line.

"So we need to really be careful with that rainfall", Graham said. Maximum winds were 50 miles per hour. gusting to 65 miles per hour.

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