Alberto: Tropical storm sees thousands from Florida coast

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Once Alberto is inland, and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken. As a result, western North Carolina will see the heaviest rains.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday, in an advisory released at about 2 p.m. EDT, that the storm was centered around 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Panama City, Florida.

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

They had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they covered storms in North Carolina.

Local media in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle reported scattered flash flooding, downed trees and minor power outages as Alberto rumbled north. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend.

Instagram user Melody Kay Carroll posted a video clip of wind and rain in a Panama City parking deck.

Jason Powell said he was seeking to keep his children entertained until Alberto blows past his Panhandle vacation spot. It is expected to produce 6-15cm of rain from Alabama northward into the southern Great Lakes and from north Florida into the southern Appalachians through Thursday.

Subtropical Storm Alberto's gusty rain and brisk winds roiled the seas off the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, keeping white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds.

The emergency declarations free up state resources to respond to the storm if necessary. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said. Ivey activated the state's emergency operations center while the Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams.

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Alberto has had quite the circuitous route of a sub-tropical was quite hard defining the center (s) at the start.and then what steered the system wound up also being a hybrid forecast.

The risk of flash flooding was only marginal -5 percent- in the Lowcountry as of Monday morning.

Isolated tornadoes are likely through Monday night in parts of Georgia and southeastern Alabama, the NHC said.

Authorities did not immediately attribute any deaths or injuries strictly related to Alberto.

Storms will start to intensify later in the afternoon.

The strongest winds are on the eastern side of the circulation and the heaviest rain is on the western side where we already have numerous counties under flash flood warnings.

Hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1, but Alberto apparently missed the memo.

Several states, including Florida, Alabama, and MS went into pre-emptive states of emergency on Sunday, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Alabama-Florida border.