Alberto, year's first named Atlantic storm, makes Florida landfall

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The mayor of Orange Beach, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, says Subtropical Storm Alberto is bringing rain and aggravation but isn't causing any serious problems in his community.

As of Tuesday, just three days before the official start of hurricane season, no other storms were brewing in the Gulf or the Atlantic maps from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed.

The storm's center is expected to move over Alabama on Monday night and Tuesday, the NHC said.

Monday morning, Alberto was moving at about 6 mph -down from 14 mph and then 12 mph on Sunday- with maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph. It was expected to reach land Monday afternoon or evening as it headed north at about 8 miles per hour (13 kph).

Heavy rainfall and flash flooding were occurring over parts of the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.

Alberto will probably weaken through Tuesday as it moves northward into the Tennessee Valley and then to the Ohio Valley, finally withering into a "remnant low pressure storm" by Tuesday evening, with winds at around 25 miles per hour (40 kph), Roth said.

It will wither into a "remnant low pressure storm" by Tuesday evening with winds of about 25mph, David Roth of the National Weather Service said.

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We will have to watch the far eastern side of Alabama today once we get a little heating and the atmosphere destabilizes because storms that form could produce strong wind gusts or even spin up tornadoes.

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

Forecasters warned of life-threatening surf conditions as Alberto approached the Florida Panhandle, where it was expected to make landfall later in the day. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned due to high surf and risky conditions.

It hit on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, complicating holiday travel.

It could dump up to 6 inches (15 cm) of rain as it moves north toward lower MI by Wednesday evening, officials said. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record.

"We've never seen one before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes told the Northwest Florida Daily News. Warnings about storm surges and high surf were aired along the coast on either side of Apalachicola on Monday.

More than 5,000 were evacuated in Cuba over the subtropical storm. "We'll hang out and see how it goes".

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