Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

AccuWeather said Alberto is becoming more organized as it hovers in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and is gaining strength. EDT and moving to the northwest at 10 miles per hour (17 kph). Alberto will bring widespread heavy rain in the Panhandle of Florida and Alabama later today and tonight.

As of 7 a.m., subtropical storm Alberto was about 100 miles south-southeast of Destin, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continues to churn north through the Gulf of Mexico.

The Storm Prediction Center outlines a low-end, "marginal" risk of severe storms in the region Tuesday because of Alberto's remnants; the primary threat would be a brief tornado developing within the tropical rain bands.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Cuba.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle. In Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency in 40 counties.

All three counties are in north Florida. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches over the next 48 hours could not only cause area rivers to flood, the intensity of the rain might lead to rapid rises of water in low-lying areas, especially in urban areas near small creeks and streams.

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Mark Bowen, the Bay County emergency management director, suggested people stay safe - preferably indoors.

"We are under this tropical-like influence and that is not going to really breakdown this pattern for at least the better part of this week, " said Al Moore, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Columbia.

In addition to parts of the southeastern USA, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said. Even getting there, it's a process that first features areas of drizzle and showers early this morning.

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On Monday, Alberto was off the coast of Florida, moving north towards Tennessee.

Satellite photos (above) show the center of the storm just offshore of the Florida Panhandle, and the very obvious moisture feed from tropics - the tail - extending in a comma shape just offshore of the peninsula and continuing south.

A tropical storm warning remained in effect for an area stretching from the Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi. "Alberto might cause a couple hundred million in damage at worst when it does make landfall, and there is still flooding potential".