Alberto expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon

A general view shows an empty beach as subtropical storm Alberto approaches Cancun Mexico

Regardless of exact landfall location, additionally strong tropical downpours are expected for much of the Gulf Coast on Memorial Day, with heavy rain causing flash flooding across much of the Gulf Coast region.

The storm is the first storm of this year's hurricane season, coming a few day before the season officially starts on June 1.

"Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105 km per hour) which is about 10 miles (16 km) shy of being a hurricane". In the Florida panhandle and adjacent parts of Alabama and Georgia, between 4 inches and 8 inches were expected.

The track for Alberto shows it aiming for the Florida Panhandle on Monday. Although the center of the system will stay away from us, it will funnel in deep tropical moisture along the eastern seaboard. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned due to high surf and unsafe conditions.

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. The Alafia River at Lithia was at about 11.2 feet on Monday morning, which is in "action stage", though it was expected to drop by Monday night. The storm could clip Apalachicola the night before.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?" She said, "strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside.

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"People have drowned by going out to the water too soon", he said.

As Subtropical Storm Alberto barrels towards the Florida coast, Atlanta can expect to see heavy showers and the possibility for severe weather later Monday afternoon.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

AL.com reported that double red flags are flying at beaches in Panama City and other areas, which means there are life-threatening rip currents. In Gulf County, T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park began evacuations Sunday morning.

Our weather today will have periods of rain, some will be heavy at times.

Flash flood watches have been posted for much of Florida, and along the Gulf Coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and southwest Georgia. Tropical Storm Arlene formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean last April, but had fairly minimum impacts on land. Maximum winds are sustained at 45 miles per hour. The season is likely to be "near or above normal," according to the NHC. An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

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