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Storm Alberto weakens as it makes landfall on Florida Panhandle

Storm Alberto weakens as it makes landfall on Florida Panhandle

Monday: We are now see a small break in the shield of rain, but bands of rain with isolated storms are beginning to move into Southeast Alabama.

Alberto's top winds fell slightly to 60 miles an hour (96 km per hour) with the storm about 50 miles (80 kph) south of Panama City, Florida, the National Weather Service said.

- Subtropical storm Alberto is bypassing North Carolina entirely, but central and western portions will feel its indirect effects Monday in the form of heavy rains and possible flooding.

He added: "North Carolina needs to take Alberto seriously". The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend.

Geoffrey Tennant, a fire chief in North Carolina said he spoke to the crew only 10 minutes before they were struck and killed by the falling tree.

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Strong winds and waves kicked up by the storm were expected to rapidly diminish through Tuesday along the coasts of Alabama and Florida.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said.

Alberto has also already wreaked havoc in Maryland, where, in Ellicott City, record flash flooding has resulted in Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to declare a state of emergency. In addition, Ivey called upon the Alabama National Guard's High Water Evacuation Team to support the southern parts of the state. As of right now, Alberto is not expected to become a hurricane, but meteorologists say this is just the start of what's expected to be an active hurricane season. The forecast projects the system moving over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region on Wednesday and Thursday, the center said.

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. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10-30 centimeters) of rain in some areas. The Florida Keys and Florida peninsula could receive up to 5 inches of rain in some areas. "Mainly dry with partly to mostly sunny skies, but a few brief showers and perhaps an isolated t-storm possible this afternoon" southeastern MA and parts of CT and Rhode Island.

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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So will the remnants of Alberto likely affect CNY?

Storms will start to intensify later in the afternoon.

Stay dry and stay safe!

Hurricane season doesn't officially begin until June 1, but Alberto apparently missed the memo.

Florida, Alabama and MS declare states of emergency ahead of the first named storm of the hurricane season.

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