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Alberto is predicted to move northward at a faster rate after making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Monday

Alberto is predicted to move northward at a faster rate after making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Monday

The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and was moving north at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). And just as Memorial Day marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season. Overall it will be a drier day for all of CNY as a whole compared to Sunday. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from 4 to 12 inches of rain in some areas.

Florida, Alabama and MS launched emergency preparations on Saturday.

"Today we will likely have some tropical moisture pushed our way from a system in the Gulf of Mexico", said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

Mandatory evacuations were issued for Franklin County's barrier islands and anybody living on the coastline in mobile homes and recreational vehicle parks.

Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday declared states of emergency.

Alberto is expected to hold its current strength. but very little additional strengthening is likely before coming ashore across the USA east central Gulf coast.

A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR

In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

If you're traveling on Sunday or Memorial Day, the worst weather will be in areas west and northwest of Central Florida, including much of the Panhandle and the west coast of the state.

Alberto remained on the same path, at the same strength, at the same speed and headed in the same direction, according to the National Hurricane Center's 1 a.m. update.

It is the first named storm of the season, with 21 other names still to be used, including Beryl, Ernesto, Kirk, Nadine and Rafael.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. The Florida panhandle, a good portion of Alabama and western Georgia are dramatically more at risk for flash flooding with this storm. Steady weakening is forecast after landfall, and Alberto will likely become a subtropical depression tonight or early Tuesday and degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday afternoon.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, people lined up Sunday to fill 10- and 20-pound bags full of sand to use to block flooding from the storm. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast, the NHC said.


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