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Alberto to Strike Florida With Heavy Winds and Flooding on US Holiday

30 May 2018, 10:58 | Ross Houston

GETTYThis is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

This is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

A forecast bust: what happened to Alberto?

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 2 p.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Panama City, Florida. With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, Alberto was moving north at 9 miles per hour. Isolated tornadoes were also possible over parts of Georgia and southeast Alabama. It is expected to produce 6-15cm of rain from Alabama northward into the southern Great Lakes and from north Florida into the southern Appalachians through Thursday.

"Given the short period of time before Alberto makes landfall, its overall ragged appearance, and proximity to dry air, little change in strength is expected before the subtropical storm reaches the coast", said John Cangialosi, a hurricane specialist at the hurricane center.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle.

The storm formed and was named a subtropical storm on Saturday.

Rough conditions were still whipping up big waves off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast by nightfall Monday.

Kennon says red flags are flying along the beaches to caution people against going in the water and officials are patrolling to make sure people din't ignore the warnings.

Flash Flood Watches are out for Campbell County in East Tennessee and all of the counties to the west of ours in Kentucky until tomorrow morning. A tropical storm warning remained in effect stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.

"It was a constant rain but not a heavy rain", said Regina Myers, emergency management director in Walker County northwest of Birmingham.

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Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations.

"399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach".

"We got the flags out", Rice told the Northwest Florida Daily News as wind whipped a massive USA flag flying at half-staff.

"My boyfriend and I usually try to go to the store and stock up on lots of bottled water, and get like canned goods and things that won't go bad if our power goes out", she said. "We've never seen one before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said. The evacuations affect about 4,200 homes. No tornadoes were reported Sunday, however, in the Florida Peninsula.

Scattered showers and storms with torrential downpours will continue this evening with imminent flash flood concerns in parts of western NC.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the annual hurricane season forecast Thursday in which they call for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

Winds will be calm and the humidity will high throughout the day.

The season is likely to be "near or above normal", according to the NHC.

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