Alberto to bring heavy rain to the Carolinas

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Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, heading toward expected landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast, prompting thousands to evacuate.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for an area stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.

The flow of moisture out of the South is expected to continue, bringing a chance of daytime showers and thunderstorms to the Triangle through the week and into the weekend, Carroll said.

"A flash flood watch starts tonight through at least Tuesday as at least 2-4" of rain are expected to fall with locally higher amounts.

As for potential impacts, with a more eastern track of the system, the heaviest rains will likely be seen in East Alabama with the strongest winds up to 35 miles per hour possible in West Alabama Monday night into early Tuesday morning.

Between 10 and 20 centimetres of rain could pummel the Florida Panhandle, eastern and central Alabama, and western Georgia. More clouds will be moving in throughout the day as well as rain chances as well. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned. A possible tornado was reported by the Melbourne National Weather Service office.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained some strength over the last 24 hours.

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A few tornadoes were also possible across the Florida peninsula Sunday.

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.

Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle. However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said.

In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters.

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

After what was a very warm, and at times stormy weekend across most of the region, we are drying things out for the Memorial Day holiday before another unsettled pattern will set up through the new shortened work week.