Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast

Posted May 29, 2018

"I'm concerned and I'm listening and that's all I can do take it one step at a time", said Carmella from Saraland, Alabama.

Alberto, which spun up days before the formal start of the 2018 hurricane season, was moving north at about 13 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds near 40 miles per hour, and higher gusts, on Saturday, the NWS said.

Storm Alberto is not expected to strengthen into a hurricane but will still pose dangers to residents and holidaymakers across the south-east.

As of 5pm Sunday evening. subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida or around 120 miles south of the Florida panhandle.

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Ahead of the storm, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama declared states of emergency in preparation for the worst.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", the National Hurricane Center tweeted. The rain could lead to flash floods and mudslides on the island.

A few tornadoes were also possible across the Florida peninsula Sunday. The storm's top winds fell to 60 mph and it's expected to weaken further after it moves over land, gradually falling apart over the next 36 hours until it's completely swallowed up by another weather system over Canada late this week.

Alberto is the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially begin until June 1 and runs through the fall. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?"

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A storm surge watch means life-threatening conditions are possible from rising water moving inland from the coast.

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. But the storm still poses a considerable threat to the Florida Panhandle as it is predicted to move ashore there on Monday. "Alberto might cause a couple hundred million in damage at worst when it does make landfall, and there is still flooding potential".

Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring drenching rains to the Florida Panhandle when it makes landfall on Monday, the day after a separate storm triggered a flood that tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a man who was trying to help rescue people, officials said.

Though the center of the storm is expected to pass west of our local area, North Florida and South Georgia will still have to deal with some rain. At night, lows will hit near 74. The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

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