Subtropical Storm Alberto within 50 miles of Florida

Subtropical Storm Alberto within 50 miles of Florida

That means Alberto may be only the second storm to come ashore in the continental U.S.as a named subtropical cyclone, according to Dr. Philip Klotzbach, a hurricane expert and research scientist in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University.

The storm was about 165km south of Apalachicola, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 8pm EDT and was expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday, the US National Hurricane Centre said.

Rain was in the forecast for the Orlando area as subtropical storm Alberto approached the Florida Panhandle Monday morning. The storm was moving north at about 6 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds measured at about 65 miles per hour. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle.

Florida, Alabama and MS launched emergency preparations on Saturday.

The storm is about 15 miles west northwest of Panama City.

In Taylor County, there were voluntary evacuations for those in coastal zones and beach communities, mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas.

After landfall, Alberto's winds will decay, but the moisture envelop and rainfall will continue northward through Alabama and eventually IN by Wednesday.

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All 67 Florida counties were issued the emergency notice to give state and local governments enough time and resources to prepare, Florida Governor Rick Scott said in a statement.

Flash flooding is also expected in that tri-state area.

"These subtropical storms that are somewhat poorly organized, can sometimes get a mixture of dry air into their circulation, and that can suppress more widespread precipitation", Austin said.

Some rain is possible for Memorial Day today but the greatest chance comes Tuesday when Subtropical Storm Alberto makes a northward journey through the state.

In addition, Alberto will bring high winds and storm surges, with many areas along the northern and eastern Gulf Coast issuing storm surge watches. The Florida Keys could see between 3 inches and 6 inches, while the rest of the Florida peninsula could see between 1 inch and 4 inches. Storm surge flooding was less of a concern because Alberto's arrival would not coincide with high tide, he said.

There were a number of deadly hurricanes in the United States and Caribbean previous year that walloped places including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, causing hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures.

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until Friday.

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