Florida beaches hit with rough surf as Alberto makes landfall

Alberto is predicted to move over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday weakening further as it heads toward the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region

Alberto is predicted to move over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday weakening further as it heads toward the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region

The storm, coming on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, was expected to scramble holiday travel on Monday. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

The Governors of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declared states of emergencies ahead of the first named storm of the 2018 tropical season.

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and was moving north at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). "This is definitely a unsafe storm", said David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

On Monday, Alberto was off the coast of Florida, moving north towards Tennessee.

Alberto's high winds also led to concerns over the threat of storm surge and risky rip currents from the coasts of Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

"Given the short period of time before Alberto makes landfall, its overall ragged appearance, and proximity to dry air, little change in strength is expected before the subtropical storm reaches the coast", said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist at the hurricane center.

Rain falls on Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 early Sunday morning May 27, 2018, as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.

Despite Alberto's distance from us, its vast circulation will continue to stream in gusty southerly winds through Memorial Day Monday, along with occasional showers and thunderstorms.

In addition to parts of the southeastern US, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said.

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Nearly 140 damaging storm reports, including eight tornadoes, were made Sunday from the Midwest into the Rockies, where damage was reported to homes in Wyoming. Myers, Florida. By Monday morning, Alberto had produced sustained winds up to 65 miles per hour.

In Gulf Shores, Ala., webcams showed beaches beginning to fill up as the storm's track shifted slightly east away from the region, but red flags on the beach warned beach-goers to stay out of the rough water.

Tropical Storm warnings on the Gulf Coast have been called off south of the Anclote River, however, they are still in effect for the Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

"Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday". Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches over the next 48 hours could not only cause area rivers to flood, the intensity of the rain might lead to rapid rises of water in low-lying areas, especially in urban areas near small creeks and streams.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10-30 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

The National Weather Service's Miami office extended its flood watch in South Florida to 6 p.m. Monday as a result of the storm.

Authorities in Howard County, Maryland, said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center says Subtropical Storm Alberto has come ashore on the Florida Panhandle.

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