Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on northern Gulf Coast

Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on northern Gulf Coast

The moisture pouring northward coincides with Subtropical Storm Alberto, which approached the Florida Panhandle from the Gulf on Monday morning with sustained winds of up to 65 miles per hour.

As of Monday morning, Alberto's peak sustained winds were 65 miles per hour, and it was crawling north at 6 miles per hour.

Alabama, Florida and MS are preparing for states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward the Gulf of Mexico. The track is expected to turn to the north, then northwest today and move toward the Florida panhandle. Expect similar conditions in North Alabama on Tuesday as the center of the storm moves overhead; a Flash Flood Watch is in effect though noon Wednesday.

Heavy rains were expected across Florida and in parts of Alabama and Georgia.

According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related. A storm surge watch means life-threatening inundations are possible from rising water moving inland from the coast.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo. By 12 a.m., rain chances will have dropped to just 20%.

An EOSDIS satellite's view of subtropical storm Alberto to the south west of the Florida seen in a handout photo made available by Nasa Worldview, on May 27, 2018, by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Winds will remain gusty for the rest of the holiday weekend, but tropical-storm force winds will stay well to our west.

A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday
View Slideshow A satellite image shows Alberto as it nears landfall on the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf Coast on Monday. NOAA STAR

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned. "But I haven't seen the weather like this for long - that lasts so long", she said.

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of US natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Alberto has maximum sustained winds of near 65mph and those speeds are expected before the storm makes landfall.

Heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding is occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle.

Alberto could come ashore early Monday, said Dan Pydynowski, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc.in State College, Pennsylvania.

Heavy rain is in the forecast, too, for the western North Carolina mountains. Alberto will continue to bring a flood threat to the Southeast United States as it spreads moisture across the region into the middle of the week.

On Saturday, the National Hurricane Center called off the Tropical Storm Watch and Storm Surge Watch for the New Orleans area.

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