Alberto maintains strength as it approaches US Gulf Coast

A flood watch is expected for South Florida on Saturday morning as a result of Subtropical Storm Alberto

A flood watch is expected for South Florida on Saturday morning as a result of Subtropical Storm Alberto

We will see scattered showers and storms forming this afternoon across all of Alabama and so keep the umbrella nearby through tonight. The system is moving north, threatening Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina with heavy rain.

Alberto could still bring isolated rain totals up to 12 inches in areas of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama, the NHC said.

Mayor Tony Kennon said in a phone interview Monday afternoon that the grim forecast kept Orange Beach from having the record crowds that were anticipated. Showers and a few thunderstorms are likely through Wednesday evening, but the severe weather/low-end tornado risk will have ended by then. Officials there are warning of risky conditions. While he says some people are wading along the water's edge, others are taking refuge in bars and restaurants.

The storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause unsafe rip currents.

Much of central North Carolina will be under a flash flood watch effective Monday at 1 a.m. and lasting into Tuesday as subtropical storm Alberto passes to the west. Very little change in intensity or forward motion is expected by the time it makes landfall.

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.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 miles per hour (55 km/h) with higher gusts.

By 1 a.m. Friday, what remains of the storm will be well into Canada.

The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. The county of more than 11,700 is about 70 miles south of Panama City.

Subtropical Storm Alberto rumbled inland Monday after its Memorial Day strike on the U.S. Gulf Coast, driving holiday weekend beachgoers away as heavy rains began pelting wide areas of the Southeast amid a rising flood threat.

Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday, with tropical storm force winds already reaching Florida and Alabama Monday morning. Tropical storm-force winds are expected to spread across our area today.

Between 10 to 25 centimetres of rain could soak the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and western Georgia before the storm moves on. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.

It left 6,540 customers in Florida without power, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

At 06:00 GMT, Alberto was located about 90km south of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 65km/h.

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