Alberto expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon

Alberto expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of USA natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

Rain falls on Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 early Sunday morning May 27, 2018, as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.

About 400 customers along Florida's Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management. Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama on Saturday declared states of emergency.

Alberto is the first named storm in the Atlantic in 2018.

Many may see some tropical storm force wind gusts along the coast but not necessarily sustained winds.

Alberto formed days ahead of the official start of the six-month Atlantic hurricane season on June 1. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and the NHC says it is moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

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A couple of brief tornadoes are possible today from northern Florida into central and southern Georgia, southern SC, and southeastern Alabama. And, it said, heavy rains are also expected in many areas. Red flags along the beach are expected to be up on Monday.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

The biggest threat will be the heavy rainfall that could cause flash flooding well inland and away from the coast. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. Forecasters said Alberto has most recently taken a 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 today.

Little change in strength is forecast before Alberto reaches the northern Gulf Coast. By the afternoon and throughout the evening, showers and thunderstorms will be spread across Kentucky.

Alberto is forecast to make landfall this afternoon near Panama City Beach, Florida. Locally heavy rain can be expected throughout Memorial Day.

"Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted - everyone in our state must be prepared", Scott said in a statement.

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