Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes on Sunday (May 27) as Sub-tropical Storm Alberto picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, with forecasters saying it could bring life-threatening inundation to southern coastal states.

Forecasters said Alberto has most recently taken a north-northwest track that would bring it over the northern Gulf of Mexico during the night and make landfall on or in the vicinity of the Florida Panhandle on Monday. Isolated tornadoes were also possible over parts of Georgia and southeast Alabama.

The center of the storm was located about 135 miles southwest of Tampa, Fla., and 140 miles south of Apalachicola, as of the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. EDT update.

Subtropical Storm Alberto arrives at Orange Beach, Alabama, U.S., May 28, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center.

Chances for showers and storms will linger into the nighttime hours with more fog developing late. Two to six inches were possible from Tennessee east through the Carolinas.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.

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While Alberto nears the shore, the warning area has been scaled back from the Suwannee River back west to the Florida-Alabama state line.

The system developed Friday morning near the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs". A faster northward to northwestward motion is expected over the new few days. "We'll hang out and see how it goes".

The areas along Interstate 55 are expected to be hit the hardest with rain, according to the weather service. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods. So, as Alberto moves inland and begins to weaken, don't assume the event is over.

Everett said the heavy rains will likely mean higher than normal summertime lake levels on some of TVA's biggest storage reservoirs, including Fontana, Appalachia, Douglas, Hiwassee, Chatuge and Blue Ridge lakes.

The last time a named storm made landfall in this area was Tropical Storm Claudette in August 2009.

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