Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Subtropical Storm Alberto to make landfall on Florida Panhandle within hours

Subtropical Storm Alberto is bringing soaking rains and strong wind gusts to the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle, where it's making landfall on Monday afternoon.

The first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto is expected to bring with it damaging winds, heavy rains, and potential flooding, with the National Hurricane Center warning against the very serious threat the storm poses.

The current projected path shows it will make landfall near Pensacola around 1 p.m. Monday as a subtropical storm, with winds of 65 miles per hour.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

"The main concern from Alberto is flooding; not so much along the immediate coast, but inland, from the heavy rains that are coming on top of over a week of rain across the southeast", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico tonight and cross the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday", the center said.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from Sunday evening until Monday morning for the northern two-thirds of the state. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR

As of 5pm Sunday evening. subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 165 miles west of Tampa, Florida or around 120 miles south of the Florida panhandle.

Alberto remains miles west of Jacksonville but it dumped about a 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches of rain on the region Sunday, said Andrew Kennedy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression Monday night or Tuesday.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned. Although, I don't think anyone is going to be as concerned with the humidity as much as the wet weather.

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However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said.

Some of the rain will by heavy.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area and time frame described. Gusty showers began lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities warned of the possibility of flash flooding.

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