Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

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Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday, with tropical storm force winds already reaching Florida and Alabama Monday morning. The center said in its 5 p.m. advisory that Alberto's core made landfall Monday at Laguna Beach, about 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City. Mayor Tony Kennon said that Alberto has kept tourists away from the town during what could have been its busiest weekend, although a few fearless souls showed up.

The Governors of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama declared states of emergencies ahead of the first named storm of the 2018 tropical season.

"We need to really be careful with that rainfall", Graham added, noting that the storm was moving slowly at some 14 miles per hour northwards.

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for parts of Florida as the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Forecasters say heavy rains from Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause flooding across most of SC. Isolated tornadoes are possible through tonight across the central and northern Florida peninsula.

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Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - has formed in the Caribbean and is churning towards the US Gulf Coast. Just because it's sunny after the storm passes, Medlin said, there's still a risk for swimmers.

Alberto had picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it the warning of life-threatening inundation, said the Miami-based NHC.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for an area stretching from MS to North Carolina that is home to millions of people. Alberto's center is expected to make landfall around mid-afternoon Monday near Pensacola, Florida. "A secondary concern is that even relatively minimal tropical storm winds can topple trees due to saturated soils and water-heavy limbs". 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. Parts of Florida, Georgia and Alabama could get from 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) with some areas getting as much as a foot of rain.

The hurricane center said Sunday that a tropical storm warning was in effect from Bonita Beach, Fla., to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

Florida, Alabama and MS declared states of emergency on Saturday with up to 15 inches (38 cm) of rain forecast over the Memorial Day weekend, as well as tidal surges and damaging winds, according to Patrick Burke of the weather service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.