Alberto forecast: More rain to hit South Florida Monday night

Alberto forecast: More rain to hit South Florida Monday night

Alabama and MS have activated their National Guards in preparation for Subtropical Storm Alberto, which is expected to make Landfall in Florida on Monday.

Clouds are still lingering over the region, and as the storm continues its northerly push with a forecast Monday landfall in the Florida Panhandle, it is drawing significant moisture from the south, according to the National Weather Service.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday.

Forecasters had feared the storm could bring unsafe high water to southern coastal states and possible tornadoes. The weather service has issued flash flood warnings across most of Northern Alabama and Georgia and Southeast Tennessee today because of the additional rains forecast from Alberto.

Alberto drove northward through the area with the classic tropical storm pinwheel rotation that frequently produced sideways rainfall late Tuesday afternoon.

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A two- to four-foot storm surge or rise in water is still expected along the coast to the right/east of where Alberto makes landfall.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that as Alberto's weakening system moves inland Wednesday, it still remains a potential menace. It's moving north at 14 miles per hour (22 kph), and has top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph). A storm surge watch has been discontinued west of the Florida/Alabama border.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from the center.

Heaviest rains will likely occur during this afternoon/evening peak commute hours, so travel will be slowed and difficult/hazardous where storms are most intense.

Storm Alberto, the first named subtropical Atlantic storm of the year, has reached land, forcing an evacuation for thousands of Americans. Highlands North Carolina got 8 inches of rain in five days, Everett said. "Some spots could see upwards of 4-5" of rain, which would lead to flash flooding issues.

Shell plans to restore production at its Ram Powell Hub in the Viosca Knoll area of the Gulf as it soon as the platform can be operated safely, the company said in a statement.

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