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Where Did Alberto Make Landfall? Storm Hits Laguna Beach, Florida

Where Did Alberto Make Landfall? Storm Hits Laguna Beach, Florida

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.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday, in an advisory released at about 2 p.m. EDT, that the storm was centered around 30 miles (50 kilometers) south-southwest of Panama City, Florida.

Alberto was moving slowly up the Gulf coast, traveling at 8 miles per hour, up from 6 miles per hour at the 8 a.m. advisory.

Alberto, now a subtropical depression, is expected to continuing weakening Tuesday (May 29) as it moves inland over Alabama and Tennessee, forecasters said in their morning update.

Alabama Power Co. said about 20,000 homes and businesses were without electricity Tuesday, most in the Birmingham area.

At its height, Alberto, the first storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, blasted sustained winds of 105km/h with gusts that packed full hurricane punches of 121km/h, said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service.

As Alberto moved inland, deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken.




Wednesday: What's left of Alberto will get pulled north then eventually east into an upper level trough of low pressure.

"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later tonight and Tuesday", the NHC said. Isolated, spin-up tornadoes will still be possible as through Tuesday as well.

Yet those in Tampa Bay breathed a sigh of relief Monday as the storms changes allowed many Memorial Day celebrations to continue as planned.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday. The former Californian and now Gulf Breeze resident said she's used to bigger waves and made sure to take precautions that included using her board leash.

Storm surge in Florida could cause water to rise as high as three feet from the Aucilla River to Mexico Beach, they said.

The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county.

With such an early start to the season, it makes sense to be concerned. We will still see hit-and-miss showers and storms that could produce some heavier downpours.which will continue a flood threat, especially in North Carolina where the ground is saturated.