Alberto weakens to a subtropical depression: U.S. NHC

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Alberto weakens to a subtropical depression: U.S. NHC

As Subtropical Storm Alberto barrels towards the Florida coast, Atlanta can expect to see heavy showers and the possibility for severe weather later Monday afternoon.

The Memorial Day strike on the Gulf Coast by the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season drove holiday beachgoers away from roiling, unsafe surf.

Alberto has made landfall between Laguna Beach and Panama City Beach, FL. Wind speeds are now at 45 miles per hour.

- Slow-moving storms with downpours may produce localized flash flooding during high rainfall rates.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later tonight and Tuesday", the NHC said. "Some spots could see upwards of 4-5" of rain, which would lead to flash flooding issues.

About 2,600 customers were without power in northwestern Florida on Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management.

The journalists, namely Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer, reportedly died when a falling tree crushed their vehicle as they drove down a highway in North Carolina.

It will wither into a "remnant low pressure storm" by Tuesday evening with winds of about 25mph, David Roth of the National Weather Service said. That means anywhere from 10 to 16 named storms, or storms with sustained winds of 39 miles per hour.

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And just as Memorial Day marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season.

Subtropical storm Alberto has fizzled into a subtropical depression as it rolled into Alabama, however forecasters warned of potentially risky flash floods even as winds dropped to 48km/h.

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.

The storm made landfall late Monday afternoon in Laguna Beach, Florida, Stephanie Abrams, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel told Newsweek.

Alberto could still bring isolated rain totals up to 12 inches in areas of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama, the NHC said. Storm watches and warnings were discontinued for coastal regions, but those inland remained in effect.

Janet Rhumes said her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October.

With such an early start to the season, it makes sense to be concerned.

Watch out for a few areas of patchy fog, mist and drizzle early.

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