Alberto weakens to depression, but threat remains

Alberto weakens to depression, but threat remains

Along with the devastating flooding, the subtropical storm has also brought power outages. "North Carolina needs to take Alberto seriously", Cooper said in a news release.

A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

Authorities in New Orleans urged residents and businesses to "get prepared and stay informed" about the storm. CURRENT FORECAST TRACK FROM THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER Though the storm had weakened, forecasters warned, it was capable of potentially life-threatening flash floods in the coming hours or days as the vast system spreads over Alabama and large areas of Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas.

Alberto made landfall near the Florida Panhandle on Monday and will continue moving north, drenching Alabama. But he says a lot of people braved the weather and showed up anyway. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned as Alberto disrupted long holiday weekend plans for millions.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was centered at about 7 p.m. Monday near the community of DeFuniak Springs in the Florida Panhandle. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

"The winds at landfall were 45 miles per hour, making it a low-end tropical storm".

Multiple warnings were issued across the Gulf Coast of the United States in preparation for Alberto's arrival. Maximum sustained winds are near 45km/h.

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With it, areas of showers and embedded T'storms will be heading into the area.

Friday night will be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and patchy fog after 5 a.m., and a low around 63.

In Florida, some beaches have been closed and low-lying areas evacuated.

Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, spawned scattered flooding in Alabama as it weakened into a subtropical depression on Tuesday, a day after two journalists were killed in North Carolina when a tree fell on their auto. It is still predicted to bring extremely heavy rain, gusty winds and, just east of where the center makes landfall, a rise in ocean water of up to several feet above normally dry land.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.

Alberto is forecast to make landfall this afternoon near Panama City Beach, Florida.

At its height, Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, blasted sustained winds of 105km/h.

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