Published: Wed, May 30, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Alberto expected to weaken as storm moves through Alabama, Tennessee

Alberto expected to weaken as storm moves through Alabama, Tennessee

The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour or 95 kilometre per hour and was moving north at 8 miles per hour or 13 kilometre per hour.

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To the north, Alberto lumbered ashore in the Panhandle, pelting white sand beaches with blustery winds and stinging rain.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler centre than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

The pelting rain soaked the uniform and socks of Lt. Andy Husar with the Bay County Sheriff's Office, who watched surf get kicked up along Panama City Beach on Monday. Expect more heavy rain and wind gusts anywhere from 25-30mph.

The emergency declarations free up state resources to respond to the storm if necessary.

The governors of Alabama, Florida and MS have all declared states of emergency.

Ivey activated the state's emergency operations centre while the Alabama National Guard activated its high water evacuation teams.

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Alberto could cause $400 million to $500 million across the South, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview.

Flash flood watches were issued for some parts of Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky and other possible impacts of the storm included inches of rain and possible tornadoes in some areas. The Florida Keys and Florida peninsula could receive up to 5 inches of rain in some areas.

Any storm activity should dissipate after sunset while lingering scattered to numerous showers will remain possible as Alberto begins its inland track to the north.

Subtropical Depression Alberto may be inland and heading for IN, but the tiny storm is still expected to bring quite the punch to western Pennsylvania and Appalachia.

Authorities in New Orleans urged residents and businesses to "get prepared and stay informed" about the storm. What had sprung up from the Gulf of Mexico as a subtropical storm was now a vast, soggy system trekking inland as it flung rain - heavy at times - all around the US southeast.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 1 and peaks from mid-August through late October.

Earlier Monday, Alberto rolled up big waves and tides along beaches of the northern Gulf Coast.

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