Tropical storm closes in on Florida, Alabama and Mississippi

US Gulf Coast braces for first named storm of the season
US Gulf Coast braces for Alberto battering
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29 May, 2018

For Central Florida, scattered showers and storms are expected on Monday.

The heaviest rain bands and strongest winds began coming ashore around 10 a.m. Monday in Panama City Beach.

Forecasters have said Alberto could bring life-threatening high water to southern coastal states when it slams into the US.

Sustained winds from the season's first named storm had dropped to 45 miles per hour before coming ashore about 4:45 p.m. - down from 65 miles per hour Sunday night. "This is definitely a unsafe storm", said David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Forecasters said Alberto has most recently taken a northwest track that would bring it over the northern Gulf of Mexico during the night and make landfall on or in the vicinity of the Florida panhandle today. Rain moving north off the Atlantic Ocean was expected to arrive in the Triangle about 11 a.m. on Memorial Day and continue on and off through the evening and overnight hours. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.

Tropical Storm Alberto has already caused major rain and wind as it passed by the west coast of Cuba.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC.

Nearly 140 damaging storm reports, including eight tornadoes, were made Sunday from the Midwest into the Rockies, where damage was reported to homes in Wyoming. Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 65 miles per hour.

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Alberto formed several days ahead of the June 1 official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?"

In late May 2016, Tropical Storm Bonnie hit parts of the Southeastern United States and the Bahamas, costing more than $640,000 in damage and causing two deaths.

The National Hurricane Center projects 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated amounts up to a foot into the Florida Panhandle and much of Alabama and western Georgia.

Saturday, the NHC issued tropical storm warnings that stretched from Gulf Shores, Alabama, to Ft.

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Fla., to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

As we head into the middle parts of this week, remnants of subtropical storm Alberto will impact our area.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for an area stretching from MS to North Carolina that is home to millions of people.


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