Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast

Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast

"Things are a little bit uncertain depending on the path Alberto takes", Carroll said.

As a subtropical storm, Alberto had a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds were found farther from its center.

Showers and storms should taper Friday night as what's left of Alberto continues to be pushed to the south and east of CNY.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico overnight and cross the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday", the National Hurricane Center said.

After landfall, Alberto's winds will decay, but the moisture envelop and rainfall will continue northward through Alabama and eventually IN by Wednesday.

"It's just a marginal risk", said meteorologist Pete Wolf in a phone interview. But he says a lot of people braved the weather and showed up anyway.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned.

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The gloomy weather that put a damper on outdoor activities over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to last several more days in SC as Tropical Storm Alberto moves from the Gulf of Mexico toward the Midwest. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph).(backslash)(backslash) If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. It is still a subtropical storm, meaning that it does not have all of the characteristics of a purely tropical system and is more of a hybrid cyclone. Landfall was expected later Monday.

Jason Powell said he was seeking to keep his children entertained until Alberto blows through his Florida Panhandle vacation spot. Maximum sustained winds are near 45km/h.

Wake County is under the watch from 1 a.m. on Monday through 8 a.m. on Tuesday along with Chatham, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

In Florida, some beaches have been closed and low-lying areas evacuated.

The Memorial Day strike on the Gulf Coast by the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season drove holiday beachgoers away from roiling, unsafe surf. It's not clear what will become of the remnants of Alberto late in the week.

Severe Subtropical Storm Alberto "has the same impacts as a tropical storm", Kottlowski noted, adding, "that includes tropical-storm-force winds of 39-55 miles per hour, a storm surge potential, heavy rain and the potential for isolated tornadoes".

While Alberto nears the shore, the warning area has been scaled back from the Suwannee River back west to the Florida-Alabama state line.

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