Alberto makes landfall on Florida Panhandle


Flooding is said to be the greatest concern in coastal areas of the southeastern United States as Storm Alberto nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle on the afternoon of America's annual Memorial Day holiday.

As of Tuesday, just three days before the official start of hurricane season, no other storms were brewing in the Gulf or the Atlantic maps from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed.

The center of what was once Alberto is moving over northwest Alabama.

Alberto was moving slowly up the Gulf coast, traveling at 8 miles per hour, up from 6 miles per hour at the 8 a.m. advisory. This means we can expect more trees down from those wind gusts as we work our way through the week.

Subtropical Depression Alberto may be inland and heading for IN, but the tiny storm is still expected to bring quite the punch to western Pennsylvania and Appalachia.

To the north, Alberto lumbered ashore in the Panhandle, pelting white sand beaches with blustery winds and stinging rain.

Alberto made a Memorial Day landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla, just west of Panama City, andofficials warned of unsafe conditions even though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour.

Several states, including Florida, Alabama, and MS went into pre-emptive states of emergency on Sunday, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Alabama-Florida border.

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The storm also forced some Memorial Day tributes to be cancelled across Florida's Panhandle.

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

Forecasters said the subtropical depression swirling near Birmingham could dump as much as 6 inches of rain on central Alabama.

Hardest hit will be small businesses that expected revenue from Memorial Day weekend tourists, Watson said. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?" "As it races towards the Midwest late week it will bring rain with some locally heavy downpours and breezier conditions".

Alberto has had quite the circuitous route of a sub-tropical was quite hard defining the center (s) at the start.and then what steered the system wound up also being a hybrid forecast. "We've never seen one before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said.

About 10 minutes later, Tennant said, the department received a call of a tree falling on a motor vehicle.

SURF: Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday.