Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
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Forecast: Alberto leaves clouds, rain in its wake for Tampa Bay

Forecast: Alberto leaves clouds, rain in its wake for Tampa Bay

Subtropical Storm Alberto weakened as it made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Monday, a day after flooding from another storm tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a would-be rescuer, officials said.

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

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has arrived at Orange Beach, Alabama.

The system was expected to dump 2-3 inches of rainfall on much of northwest Alabama, with some locations possibly receiving 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service office in Huntsville. By early Monday morning Alberto slowed down, but a faster north-northwestward to northward motion is expected during the next few days.

It will bring heavy rain and winds of 100kmh (65mph) across southern states, the US National Hurricane Center said. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour.

A storm surge watch was put into effect from Crystal River to the Florida/Alabama border, indicating the possibility of life-threatening inundation of storm water.

AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski stressed that the subtropical storm classification is only in reference to the fact that Alberto is not considered a pure tropical system.

Flash flood watches have already been issued for most counties around the Charlotte region, including for Avery, Burke, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Chester (SC), Chesterfield (SC), Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lancaster, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly, Union, and York (SC) counties through tomorrow morning.

Trivia: Although subtropical storms have always been a part of the historical record, they were not officially given names until 2002. Meanwhile, areas along the Florida Panhandle endured tropical storm conditions as thunderstorms and high winds from the northern bands of the storm reached inland.

These periods of heavy rainfall could mean possible localized flooding, Allen said.

Alberto is the first named storm in the Atlantic in 2018.

Alberto was 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Panama City, Florida, and moving north at 8 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an advisory at 11 a.m. "The rain that's widespread over us now is going to shift north of us, so we'll be left with just scattered thunderstorms".

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