Alberto weakens to a subtropical depression, rain threat continues

Alberto weakens to a subtropical depression, rain threat continues

Alberto weakens to a subtropical depression, rain threat continues

Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday, with tropical storm force winds already reaching Florida and Alabama Monday morning.

Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Monday, a day after flooding from another storm tore through a historic Maryland town.

Subtropical storm Alberto has fizzled into a subtropical depression as it hit the U.S. state of Alabama, but it is still expected to bring heavy rain and flash flooding even as winds dropped to 48 kilometres per hour.

Alberto's top winds rose to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour early Sunday, up from 40 earlier, the National Hurricane Center said in a 11 a.m.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for entire the west coast.

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He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10-30 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

Subtropical Storm Alberto bearing down on Florida's coastline Sunday.

The National Hurricane Center projects 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated amounts up to a foot into the Florida Panhandle and much of Alabama and western Georgia. As the center of Alberto pulls north and slightly west, the tail is forecast to swing toward South Florida.

Although it will be drier rain-wise, the humidity will be inching upward, which means heat indices will climb to near 100 degrees Tuesday afternoon.

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A maximum gust of 33 miles per hour was reported in Flagler Beach on Sunday afternoon, said Bob Pickering, an emergency services technician with Flagler County Emergency Services. These scattered showers with possibly an embedded T'storm will continue as we head through the night, though probably a bit less coverage.

"The main thing we would advise people is to not pay too much attention to the maximum winds", Zelinsky said.

In Lewis County, a couple of houses on Medal Ford Road were damaged as the storm moved from the south into Middle Tennessee.

"We've had a lot of rain, but we got lucky".

Subtropical storm Alberto was roiling parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.

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In Cuba, flooding damaged an oil refinery and caused crude oil to spill into Cienfuegos Bay as the remnants of Alberto continued to drench the island in heavy rain.

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