Alberto weakens to depression, but threat remains

Posted May 30, 2018

"It was a constant rain but not a heavy rain", said Regina Myers, emergency management director in Walker County northwest of Birmingham. Tropical storm warnings were up for parts of the Panhandle and the Alabama coast. And through the end of the work week, that daytime heating is what we'll go back to relying on to get our afternoon sea breeze storms flaring up.

Flash flooding could take place in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and the Carolinas through Tuesday morning, according to forecasts.

We're all waking up to the impacts of Alberto: dreary rain, gusty wind, the reluctant change of Memorial Day plans.

Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said he had just given an interview to Mr McCormick when, minutes later, he received a call about the incident. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned due to high surf and risky conditions. While he says some people are wading along the water's edge, others are taking refuge in bars and restaurants.

Alberto made landfall as a subtropical storm in the Florida Panhandle on Monday afternoon, reaching maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour as it arrived in Laguna Beach, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is still a subtropical storm, meaning that it does not have all of the characteristics of a purely tropical system and is more of a hybrid cyclone. Very little change in intensity or forward motion is expected by the time it makes landfall.

Despite weakening to a depression, the threat from Alberto remained from possible flooding and heavy rains.

Along the Florida Panhandle, tourists vowed Alberto wouldn't dampen their fun.

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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. Maximum sustained winds are near 45km/h.

Moore said the rainy weather late this month is expected to push the Columbia area past its average precipitation for May, typically one of the state's driest months.

This is common for early season storms and in fact, hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

"Alberto will likely become a subtropical depression tonight or early Tuesday and degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday afternoon", the NHC said. The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour (95 kph) and was moving north at 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Florida, to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

At 6:00 GMT, Alberto was located near 33.3°N 87.2°W, about 105km south-southwest of Huntsville, Alabama.

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