Alabama, Mississippi activate National Guard ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto

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Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring drenching rains to the Florida Panhandle when it makes landfall on Monday, the day after a separate storm triggered a flood that tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a man who was trying to help rescue people, officials said.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, which spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season, was packing maximum sustained winds near 105 kilometres per hour and was expected to drop as much as 30cm of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, the Miami-based hurricane centre said.

With any strong storms that do develop, gusty winds are possible, along with a low risk for an isolated tornado.

The remnants of Subtropical Depression Alberto dropped heavy rainfall as it surged through the Shoals on Tuesday, but authorities said no major issues were reported.

However, once Alberto is inland and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

Combined with the above average rainfall we've already seen so far this spring, additional rain could create flooding issues in the upcoming week along area rivers. The storm is moving toward the north near 10 miles per hour (17 km/h). National Hurricane Center said.

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The Florida Panhandle is forecast to receive 4 to 8 inches of rain through Tuesday. Storm surge was a bigger threat north of the Tampa Bay area, with flooding possible in and north of Crystal River, the weather service said.

Moore said the rainy weather late this month is expected to push the Columbia area past its average precipitation for May, typically one of the state's driest months.

Weakening is forecast over the next 48 hours.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski stressed that the subtropical storm classification is only in reference to the fact that Alberto is not considered a pure tropical system.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through Monday night in parts of the state.

While showers and thunderstorms are expected on Monday, skies will be mostly cloudy, and the high should be near 86 degrees. Last year, there were 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes; the first named storm was Arlene - a rare preseason tropical storm that arrived in April. I think we stay mainly cloudy on this Memorial Day. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs".

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