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Alberto Could Bring $1 Billion in Losses to U.S. Gulf Coast

Alberto Could Bring $1 Billion in Losses to U.S. Gulf Coast

The Florida Panhandle is going to be battered by Subtropical Storm Alberto when it makes landfall on Monday afternoon or evening, according to the Weather Channel. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

The governors of Florida, Mississippi and Alabama have declared states of emergencies ahead of the subtropical storm hitting land.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, Alberto was centered about 205 miles west of Tampa and had top sustained winds of 65 mph - up from 50 mph earlier.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm passes there will still be swells that could cause risky rip currents.

Strong storms possible Thursday and Friday: As Alberto moves away, a different type of summertime weather pattern kicks in; that could deliver some intense summertime storms on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, a Storm Surge Watch is in effect for the Suwannee River to Mexico Beach, Florida.

The mayor of Orange Beach, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, says Subtropical Storm Alberto is bringing rain and aggravation but isn't causing any serious problems in his community.

Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida.

. But forecasters said flash flooding from heavy rain was the biggest risk in many areas.

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It also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county.

The storm's maximum sustained winds are near 45 miles per hour.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season.

Tropical Storm warnings on the Gulf Coast have been called off south of the Anclote River, however, they are still in effect for the Anclote River to the Mississippi/Alabama border.

Authorities in Howard County, Maryland, said a 39-year-old man was missing after flash flooding from a separate storm tore through the historic downtown of Ellicott City on Sunday.

Rough conditions were roiling the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region, and officials warned swimmers to stay out of the water through Tuesday due to life-threatening swells and rip currents.

Cuba is expected to get as much as 15 inches of rain, the hurricane center said in an advisory Saturday, and the Florida Keys and South Florida could get as many as 10 inches. The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

"Alberto will likely become a subtropical depression tonight or early Tuesday and degenerate into a remnant low by Tuesday afternoon", the NHC said.


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