Alberto makes landfall in Florida, brings dangerous surf, heavy rains

  • Alberto makes landfall in Florida, brings dangerous surf, heavy rains

Alberto makes landfall in Florida, brings dangerous surf, heavy rains

Subtropical Storm Alberto is whipping around over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and may land on the Florida panhandle by sunrise on Memorial Day morning, according to weather experts. Alberto's heavy rains and and gusty winds remain predominantly on the right side of the storm, and therefore heavy rain and some gusty winds are expected across much of Florida Sunday.

Instagram user Melody Kay Carroll posted a video clip of wind and rain in a Panama City parking deck.

Are Alberto and Lee the only two subtropical storms to hit the U.S.?

It is the first named storm of the season, with 21 other names still to be used, including Beryl, Ernesto, Kirk, Nadine and Rafael.

It warned of life-threatening surf conditions, the possibility of a few brief tornadoes in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday declared states of emergency. Water could reach up to 4 feet above ground in some areas if the peak surge occurs during high tide, the agency said on Facebook. That was because the wind field east of the storms center was so wide, Austin said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto headed toward anticipated landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast, where white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.

Lee and its remnants caused heavy rain and extensive flooding over portions of the eastern US, according to the hurricane center.

The first named Atlantic storm of 2018, Alberto, which formed just days prior to the official beginning of the hurricane season, remains risky and will become stronger, gusting up to 65 miles per hour on the Gulf Coast over the Monday holiday, according to the NWS, cited by Reuters.

Subtropical Storm Alberto moved to within 50 miles of the Florida panhandle Monday, the National Hurricane Center said. The weather service cautioned, though, that the storm is several days away and there remains a great deal of uncertainty about how it will affect the Northeast.

Alberto is expected to travel across the eastern Gulf of Mexico Saturday night through Monday and approach the northern part of the Gulf where it could make landfall Monday night. The storm had top sustained winds of 80 km/h.

The three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm have begun preparing states of emergency. But forecasters said it will dump heavy rain on the Florida Panhandle, raising the risk of flash flooding and storm surges. There is also a small threat for stronger storms during the day Tuesday.