Subtropical Storm Alberto brings rain, wind gusts to Northeast Florida

Posted May 29, 2018

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says subtropical storm Alberto has come ashore on the Florida Panhandle.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was moving north at 9 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for an area stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean last April, but had fairly minimum impacts on land.

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In addition to parts of the southeastern US, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said.

The season's first named subtropical storm, Alberto, is nearing landfall by Pensacola, Florida, as it brings heavy rain from Florida to Georgia to the Carolinas.

Clouds are still lingering over the region, and as the storm continues its northerly push with a forecast Monday landfall in the Florida Panhandle, it is drawing significant moisture from the south, according to the National Weather Service.

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Rough conditions were roiling the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region, and officials warned swimmers to stay out of the water through Tuesday due to life-threatening swells and rip currents. Locally over 8 inches of rain is possible in parts of the Florida Panhandle, southern Alabama and southwest Georgia. However, once Alberto is inland and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

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Alberto's heavy rains and and gusty winds remain predominantly on the right side of the storm, and therefore heavy rain and some gusty winds are expected across much of Florida Sunday. Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely through Wednesday evening, but the severe weather/low-end tornado risk will have ended by then.

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Currently, the storm is located just to the northwest of Cuba and classed as "subtropical". However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said. Because of the potential for higher rain totals over the next two days, a flood watch continues. A flood watch has been issued for the entire NBC Charlotte viewing area through Thursday morning. It was moving north at 13 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center.