Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Suwannee River in the Big Bend area of Florida to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

"Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour) which is about 10 miles (16 km) shy of being a hurricane".

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for entire the west coast.

Forecasters had feared the storm could bring risky high water to southern coastal states and possible tornadoes.

With any strong storms that do develop, gusty winds are possible, along with a low risk for an isolated tornado.

Alberto drove northward through the area with the classic tropical storm pinwheel rotation that frequently produced sideways rainfall late Tuesday afternoon.

Heavy rain with a possibility of thunderstorms are expected to begin moving into the area from about 1 p.m.to 7 p.m., Mott said.

Subtropical Depression Alberto is bringing plenty of rain from the Gulf Coast all the way up through the Mid-Atlantic region as it makes progress to the north from Alabama.

Franklin County, in the Florida Panhandle, has issued a mandatory evacuation for its barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico affecting some 4,200 housing units, while Taylor County, to the east, has a voluntary evacuation order in place for its coastal areas.

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Alberto has made landfall between Laguna Beach and Panama City Beach, FL. Wind speeds are now at 45 miles per hour. Warnings about storm surges and high surf were aired along the coast on either side of Apalachicola on Monday.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski stressed that the subtropical storm classification is only in reference to the fact that Alberto is not considered a pure tropical system.

In Maryland, a state of emergency was issued after extreme flooding and heavy rain hit the state.

Trivia: Although subtropical storms have always been a part of the historical record, they were not officially given names until 2002.

Weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours.

Florida, Alabama and MS declare states of emergency ahead of the first named storm of the hurricane season.

The storm is expected to gain strength as it moves up the Gulf of Mexico and could cause floods in Florida and parts of the Southeast, the National Hurricane Center said.

After Alberto is long gone, we still hang on to rain and thunderstorm chances through the end of the week, but chances will be in the scattered category instead of the likely rain we'll see to start the week.

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