Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.
Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.
The result: High humidity and breezy conditions, with intermittent showers and a decent chance for scattered afternoon thunderstorms, forecasters said. National Hurricane Center said.
Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday.
Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018 which spun up days before the formal start of the hurricane season, is forecast to pack maximum sustained winds near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) and dump as much as 12 inches (30 cm) of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, it said.
"Alberto will make landfall as a subtropical storm", reported AccuWeather spokesman and hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski.
More than 5,000 were evacuated in Cuba over the subtropical storm.
Heavy rainfall and flash flooding were occurring over parts of the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Center said.
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"The main thing we would advise people is to not pay too much attention to the maximum winds", Zelinsky said.
"This could possibly hit the afternoon rush hour", he said.
Flooding and flash flooding are also possible in the southeast United States, including Florida, where the Florida panhandle into eastern Alabama and western Georgia are expected to experience 4 to 8 inches of rain with isolated totals of 12 inches.
Alberto has changed little since Saturday night.
Persistent rain is not expected to ease until midweek, forecasters said. Live video from webcams posted in Clearwater and Destin showed half-empty beaches, and whitecaps roiled the normally placid Gulf waters.
Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
Saturday, the NHC issued tropical storm warnings that stretched from Gulf Shores, Alabama, to Ft.
A slot of dry air is rotating around the southern edge of Alberto and that may act to cut off our rain for a period of time mid day today.