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Alberto makes landfall on Florida Panhandle

30 May 2018
Alberto makes landfall on Florida Panhandle

Thousands have been evacuated from the northern Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida as it braces for subtropical storm Alberto.

At its height, Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, blasted sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105 kph) with gusts that packed full hurricane punches of 75 miles per hour (121 kph), said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.

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. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 8 am Wednesday.

Minor power outages were reported in north Florida, and the state's emergency response team started closing shelters yesterday, citing a lack of need. Monday will see a few afternoon showers or storms and Tuesday will be dry with highs in the mid 80's both days.

A WIND ADVISORY remains in effect for areas along and east of I-65 through 2 p.m. Winds will be sustained at 15-25 miles per hour and gusts will reach 35 miles per hour.

Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened as it neared landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Monday, a day after flooding from another storm tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a would-be rescuer, officials said.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto could bring some rain and thunderstorms to Pennsylvania this week, but the impact is expected to be minimal.

While forecasters discontinued the tropical storm warning west of the Florida-Alabama border, they were still concerned about the storm surge and flash flooding in the Panhandle.

The storm is expected to spin up multiple tornadoes as it marches inland after making landfall this afternoon. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend.

RAINFALL: Alberto is expected to produce 2 to 6 inches of rain from Alabama to the western Great Lakes and from northern Florida to the mid Atlantic coast through Wednesday.

Janet Rhumes and her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October.

"We've never seen one (storm) before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said.

A surfer makes his way out into the water as the subtropical storm approaches in Pensacola.

With such an early start to the season, it makes sense to be concerned.