Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours


The mayor of Orange Beach, on Alabamas Gulf Coast, said Alberto brought rain and aggravation — and dashed hopes for record Memorial Day crowds.

As of Tuesday, just three days before the official start of hurricane season, no other storms were brewing in the Gulf or the Atlantic maps from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed.

The latest maps from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm at the centre of Alabama at 4am local time on Tuesday, it will then move through across Tennessee and IN on Wednesday.

In addition to parts of the southeastern USA, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas.

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The moisture pouring northward coincides with Subtropical Storm Alberto, which approached the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf on Monday morning with sustained winds of up to 65 miles per hour.

"Continued weakening is forecast as Alberto moves farther inland, and the system is expected to degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday evening", the NHC said.

Monday will see a few afternoon showers or storms and Tuesday will be dry with highs in the mid 80's both days.

Wednesday: What's left of Alberto will get pulled north then eventually east into an upper level trough of low pressure. Winds had decreased to 40 miles per hour and it was likely Alberto would be downgraded to a subtropical depression later in the evening.

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Between four and eight inches (10-25 centimeters) of rain could soak the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and western Georgia before the storm moves on. Tropical storm warnings were up for parts of the Panhandle and the Alabama coast.

The National Hurricane Center also said that swells, which could cause life-threatening surf and rip current condition, could affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday. Officials there are warning of unsafe conditions. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned as Alberto disrupted long holiday weekend plans for millions. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

Central portions of the state could see anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain. "We were on the beach Friday and Saturday and we'll make the most of today".

"Ten minutes later we get the call and it was them", Tennant said at a news conference, his voice cracking.

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