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Wind, forward speed picks up as Alberto becomes more tropical

Alberto is likely to make landfall Monday between New Orleans and Destin Florida before moving into Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday Alberto is likely to make landfall Monday between New Orleans and Destin Florida before moving into Mississippi and Alabama by Tuesday
Frank Williams | 28 May, 2018, 19:26

Rain from Subtropical Storm Alberto will slack off some for Memorial Day but meteorologists still forecast scattered showers in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia for the holiday Monday. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday.

The first named Atlantic storm of 2018, Alberto, which formed just days prior to the official beginning of the hurricane season, remains unsafe and will become stronger, gusting up to 65 miles per hour on the Gulf Coast over the Monday holiday, according to the NWS, cited by Reuters.

With conditions expected to worsen overnight officials are encouraging vacationers leaving the Gulf Coast on Monday to give themselves extra time. The latest forecast has the system coming ashore in the Florida Panhandle.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for parts of MS and Alabama, meaning the conditions for a full storm are possible in the next 48 hours.

After that, it will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday, the hurricane center said.

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.

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Heavy clouds greeted Philadelphia Sunday morning, promptly followed by rain expected to last into Monday.

The NHC added: "Maximum sustained winds are near 65mph with higher gusts". With the leftover tropical moisture from Alberto, the atmosphere becomes unstable after the sun rises, and warms the area, causing some showers.

Tropical Storm warnings have has been posted for parts of the northern Gulf Coast and some coastal waters along the western side of FL.

The 2018 hurricane officially season begins Friday.

It is expected to build up to wind speeds of about 50mph and dump about 12 inches of water as it crashes into an area that takes in MS to western Georgia. About 400 customers along Florida's Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management. However, the storm should not be taken as an indicator of how this hurricane season will play out, he said. "We get water from other neighbourhoods, and water can get up to a foot deep in some places".

Don't put away the rain gear as Alberto keeps moving north - thunderstorms are in the forecast every day this week, according to the National Weather Service.

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