Alberto makes landfall near Panama City Beach

Alberto makes landfall near Panama City Beach

The hurricane center said a tropical storm warning was in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Alabama-Florida state line.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018 which spun up days before the formal start of the hurricane season, is forecast to pack maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and dump as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, it said.

Forecasters said Alberto could bring life-threatening high water to southern coastal states when it slams an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes.

USA forecasters said rain could still cause unsafe flash floods in the coming days in northern Alabama and large areas of Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Between late Tuesday afternoon and sometime Wednesday morning, we will begin to see the remnants of Alberto start to affect our weather here in the mountains.

Subtropical depression Alberto continues to spin across central Alabama and is drifting north northwest with time.

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Tuesday: More rain will fall as the low pressure center of Alberto moves through Alabama. Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from the center. The area remained under a flood watch that was set to expire at 7 a.m. today.

"Alberto", which was actually 10 miles per hour too slow to be considered a hurricane, was well on its way Monday to blasting the southeastern corner of the U.S. The eye of the storm was less than 30 miles south-southwest from Panama City, Florida.

Because of the predicted landfall area, Lee County and surrounding areas could potentially experience "tropical weak tornadoes", Allen said, because of the county's location in relation to the storm. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record. "There's still a threat of heavy rains and flooding".

"This is a pretty significant rain event for a single storm since we usually get 4 inches of rain for the entire month (of May)", said James Everett, manager of the river forecast center at TVA. "The rain that's widespread over us now is going to shift north of us, so we'll be left with just scattered thunderstorms".

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