Deaths reported as Alberto makes landfall in Florida

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts June 1 - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

A forecast bust: what happened to Alberto? Isolated tornadoes were also possible over parts of Georgia and southeast Alabama.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", it tweeted.

Sea turtle nest monitors with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium return in the rain from north end of Clearwater Beach as rain falls on the beach early Sunday morning 5/27/2018 as northbound Subtropical Storm Alberto looms in the gulf to the southwest.

As Alberto's centre heads inland it is being deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, causing it to weaken, forecasters said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo.

"It's slowly weakening and it's not regaining any strength", David Roth, of the National Hurricane Center, (NHC) told Reuters news agency.

Rough conditions were still whipping up big waves off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast by nightfall Monday.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and risky conditions.

If you get an alert on your WBRC First Alert Weather App. for flash flooding then you need to be very careful when traveling.

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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.

Elsewhere, Florida's Division of Emergency Management said, about 2,600 customers were without power in northwestern Florida on Monday morning.

A storm surge watch has been extended from Crystal River to the Mississippi/Alabama border as the storm could cause tides to run 2-4 feet above normal.

Some tourists said the rainy weather would not dampen their vacations.

Janet Rhumes and her group of friends from Kansas had been planning their Memorial Day weekend on Navarre Beach since October. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?" "We'll hang out and see how it goes". Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

In Taylor County, there were voluntary evacuations for those in coastal zones and beach communities, mobile homes, RV parks and low-lying areas. No tornadoes were reported Sunday, however, in the Florida Peninsula.

Bands of heavy showers could produce torrential rain, perhaps at rates of 1"-3" per hour.

Scattered showers and storms with torrential downpours will continue this evening with imminent flash flood concerns in parts of western NC. Its top sustained winds had dropped almost in half to about 35 miles per hour.

If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season.

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