Alberto Maintains Strength As It Approaches Gulf Coast

Alberto Maintains Strength As It Approaches Gulf Coast

Its center passed parallel of Apalachicola and was about 30 miles south-southwest of Panama City, the NHC said.

"There is the risk that Alberto stalls near the coast on Monday and struggles to move inland", said AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey.

"Rains in Cuba could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides". The storm is also pushing rain bands towards the coast, Gardner said, so there could be some heavy rain there as well.

Mayor Tony Kennon said in a phone interview Monday afternoon that the grim forecast kept Orange Beach from having the record crowds that were anticipated.

The weather service said waves as high as 18 feet could pound the popular Gulf beaches in Baldwin County, Ala., and northwestern Florida today.

"You have to use caution because nature can sometimes be unsafe and if you're not familiar with it, your very, very happy holiday can all of a sudden go from extreme joy to extreme sadness", said Dave Greenwood, Escambia County Water Safety Chief.

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening.

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In case you were wondering subtropical storm will make landfall across the Western Panhandle of Florida or Southern Alabama Memorial Day with tropical storm force winds and 6 to 12"+ of rain".

Landfall is expected to be between Seagrove Beach and Destin in the Florida Panhandle.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Tampa even though the city is not in the forecast cone, Graham said in his advisory.

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season made landfall Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida - just west of Panama City Beach and almost 300 miles west of Jacksonville.

As the Gulf Coast endures the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, the Carolinas will need to keep an eye out for heavy rain and flooding this week.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Wake, Chatham, Nash and Johnston counties and points south through 8 a.m. Tuesday. Alberto, classified as a subtropical storm due to its hybrid appearance between a tropical storm - with a warm core - and a low-pressure system - with a colder, upper-level low pressure present - will move slowly toward the northern Gulf Coast on Memorial Day before eventually making landfall. The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Cuba. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.

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