Flash Flood Watch issued for more tropical downpours as Alberto nears

Alberto: Tropical storm sees thousands from Florida coast

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", the National Hurricane Center tweeted prior to Alberto making landfall.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Wake, Chatham, Nash and Johnston counties and points south through 8 a.m. Tuesday.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico overnight and cross the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday", the National Hurricane Center said.

In addition to parts of the southeastern US, the heavy rains and storm conditions could produce "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides" in Cuba, the NHC said.

Perry, Fla., has received almost 2 inches of rain since Sunday morning, and it will get much more, the NWS said shortly before noon ET.

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.

As Alberto's center heads inland - deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems - the storm was expected to steadily weaken.

This five-day outlook shows the likely path subtropical depression Alberto will take north across the United States.

A pocket of moist air that was sitting over Cuba on Monday is set to arrive in Florida later this week, upping the chance of rain for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Austin said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto bearing down on Florida's coastline Sunday.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.

Severe Subtropical Storm Alberto "has the same impacts as a tropical storm", Kottlowski noted, adding, "that includes tropical-storm-force winds of 39-55 miles per hour, a storm surge potential, heavy rain and the potential for isolated tornadoes". Isolated deluges of 12 inches (30 centimeters) were possible.

Some spots along the gulf coast could be hammered with more than a foot of rain, but that's not the only concern.

There will be more clouds working in later Wednesday night into Thursday with a few scattered showers and a storm or two possible come Thursday.

- Slow-moving storms with downpours may produce localized flash flooding during high rainfall rates. "Strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside, she said. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) as it approached the northern Gulf of Mexico.

If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. Some of the showers and storms could become locally heavy.



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