Alberto makes landfall on Florida Panhandle

Through Monday, it is expected to slowly migrate toward land, so the odds of rain with gusty winds will increase by Monday afternoon and evening.

"Today we will likely have some tropical moisture pushed our way from a system in the Gulf of Mexico", said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. And through the end of the work week, that daytime heating is what we'll go back to relying on to get our afternoon sea breeze storms flaring up.

We dealt with some of the outer bands of the storm on Memorial Day and the remnants of Alberto will race to the north, moving into Tennessee and Kentucky heading into tomorrow. "As it races towards the Midwest late week it will bring rain with some locally heavy downpours and breezier conditions". "There's not going to be a lot of grilling or boating going on - it's going to be messy".

The rest of the mid-week period will remain unsettled as what's left of Alberto continues to drift north.

The storm is threatening the Southeast with heavy rain, as it moves north at 12 miles per hour. Finally, on Friday, it appears that another inch of rain will be possible. "That's what's important." Along the Florida Panhandle, tourists vowed Alberto wouldn't dampen their spirits. "The highest wind gust was reported on St. George Island, Florida at 59 miles per hour", she said.

Alberto is expected to drop 4 to 6 inches of rain along the Gulf Coast, with some places getting as much as a foot.

Tuesday was the 5th straight day with a high of 85° or warmer. Even still, there will be some scattered showers or storms around, but the coverage should be less widespread than previous days.


Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement calling on North Carolina residents from the mountains to the coast to watch the weather and be prepared.

Deadly hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean past year caused billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures.

Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned and holiday plans were disrupted.

Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, spawned scattered flooding in Alabama as it weakened into a subtropical depression on Tuesday, a day after two journalists were killed in North Carolina when a tree fell on their vehicle.

Earlier Monday, Alberto rolled up big waves and tides along beaches of the northern Gulf Coast.

Florida, Mississippi and Alabama which are the three main states which are bearing the brunt of the storm all declared states of emergency ahead of Alberto. Breezy conditions are also expected. Isolated deluges of 12 inches (30 centimeters) were possible.

This system is considered subtropical, because the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall is far from the center of the storm. "High pressure will then build eastward into the region keeping much of the area dry Tuesday and Wednesday".


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