Alberto approaches Panhandle, as more rain expected in Central Florida

Alberto approaches Panhandle, as more rain expected in Central Florida

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.

"Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and South Florida [Sunday]", the National Hurricane Center warned. That was because the wind field east of the storm's center was so wide, Austin said.

Florida Governor Rick Scott, who issued a state of emergency on Saturday in all of the state's 67 counties, said on Sunday that the Florida National Guard has 5,500 guard members ready to be deployed if needed. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas.

If you're traveling on Sunday or Memorial Day, the worst weather will be in areas west and northwest of Central Florida, including much of the Panhandle and the west coast of the state. However, such a large amount of rain in a short period of time is likely to result in significant flooding.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center. The weather had scared off the usual crowds expected for the holiday weekend.

A storm surge watch remained in effect for much of Northern Florida, from the Suwannee to Navarre in the Panhandle.

In the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, a massive storm caused flash flooding on Sunday that swept through its historic Main Street area, local news video showed.

About 400 customers along Florida's Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management.

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Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.

This would mean the storm would become more compact around its centre, with the strongest winds and rain located here.

Parts of the United States have declared states of emergency in preparation for Alberto, a severe weather pattern expected to morph into a tropical storm by the time it makes landfall.

The storm is the first storm of this year's hurricane season, coming a few day before the season officially starts on June 1.

There's a chance Alberto could come ashore early Monday, said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Pennsylvania.

Trivia: Although subtropical storms have always been a part of the historical record, they were not officially given names until 2002.

Rain falls on Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 early Sunday morning May 27, 2018, as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.

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