Strong storms and locally heavy rain possible

Strong storms and locally heavy rain possible

The incident occurred in the state of North Carolina, after the storm broke a tree which has slammed into a vehicle, killing the passengers.

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.

Storms will start to intensify later in the afternoon.

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Centre said on Sunday.

After landfall, Alberto's winds will decay, but the moisture envelop and rainfall will continue northward through Alabama and eventually IN by Wednesday. But he says a lot of people braved the weather and showed up anyway. Officials there are warning of unsafe conditions.

Alberto is a still-menacing depression after its Memorial Day landfall on the Gulf Coast, scattering heavy rains around the South and raising risks of flash floods.

Alberto's winds continued to slow down throughout Monday, reaching maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour as it made landfall in Laguna Beach, west of Panama City on the northern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The weather service said its meteorologists confirmed a weak tornado with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour (147 kph) hit an area around Cameron, South Carolina, on Monday afternoon. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.

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The storm was expected to weaken after it makes landfall later Monday. Over the few days, localized flash flooding from heavy rain is the main threat across the Southeastern U.S.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause unsafe rip currents. Maximum sustained winds are near 45km/h.

Showers and storms should start pushing out of the metro area, but this break won't last for long.

On Friday, Exxon Mobil Corp. pulled non-essential personnel from its Lena oil production platform and Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut in its Ram Powell hub, but most other energy companies are leaving offshore crews in place while they watch 2018's first Atlantic storm.

Mark Bowen, Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides.

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

Subtropical Storm Alberto's gusty rain and brisk winds roiled the seas off the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, keeping white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds. A tropical storm warning is in effect for a stretch of coastline between Aucilla River in Florida's Big Bend and the Alabama-Florida border.

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