Alberto brings little rain to Volusia/Flagler area as it approaches the coast

Alberto brings little rain to Volusia/Flagler area as it approaches the coast

As of 4 a.m. Tuesday, Alberto was 30 miles west of Montgomery, Alabama, and was moving northwest at 13 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Anticipated to make landfall on Monday, Alberto is the first storm ahead of this year's Atlantic hurricane season, which formally starts on 1 June.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect from the Suwannee River to Navarre Florida, and a Tropical Storm Warning is in effect from Suwannee River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Strong onshore winds may bring higher than normal water levels along the coast which could create coastal flooding.

"The main concern from Alberto is flooding; not so much along the immediate coast, but inland, from the heavy rains that are coming on top of over a week of rain across the southeast", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

Several houses have been damaged in storms that are the remnants of Subtropical Depression Alberto.

Alberto is expected to bring widespread showers and thunderstorms to the Midstate on Tuesday.

The National Hurricane Center says the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later Monday and Tuesday.

Up to 25 centimetres of rain is expected to be dumped along affected areas in eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, western Tennessee and the western Florida Panhandle.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula. The U.S. Golf Association canceled a practice round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship, being played at Shoal Creek, because of the weather and Alabama Power Co. said about 20,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday, most in the Birmingham area. The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the hurricane center said.

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. "There's still a threat of heavy rains and flooding".

Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October, and no tropical storm could deter them.

"I'm doing this because every time we have a hard rain, it floods at my house", resident Tommy Whitlock told the Associated Press.

Flood potential and storms from Alberto will headline the forecast over the next 2 to 3 days.

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