Subtropical Depression Alberto bringing plenty of rain to the Carolinas

Subtropical Depression Alberto bringing plenty of rain to the Carolinas

Alberto is now making landfall at Laguna Beach near the Walton and Bay county line, according to a report from the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

According to a CNN report of the United States' National Hurricane Center (NHC), the early storm doesn't necessarily mean this year's hurricane season will be as busy as last year's.

Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast Tuesday, meteorologists said.

Subtropical storm Alberto fizzled into a subtropical depression as it rolled into Alabama on Tuesday but forecasters warned of potentially unsafe flash floods even as winds dropped to 30 miles per hour (48 km per hour).

Perry, Fla., has received almost 2 inches of rain since Sunday morning, and it will get much more, the NWS said.

Forecasters warned heavy rain, flash flooding and unsafe surf posed the biggest threats as Alberto's ragged core made landfall near Laguna Beach in the Florida Panhandle. "North Carolina needs to take Alberto seriously", Cooper said in a news release.

On Friday, Exxon Mobil Corp. pulled non-essential personnel from its Lena oil production platform and Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut in its Ram Powell hub, but most other energy companies are leaving offshore crews in place while they watch 2018's first Atlantic storm. Isolated deluges of 12 inches (30 centimeters) also are possible in spots as the system heads toward the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and later this week into the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.

Numerous northern Florida panhandle's beaches were empty of the crowds typical for Memorial Day. The storm came ashore in western Florida on Monday, causing big waves and tides.

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

"My boyfriend and I usually try to go to the store and stock up on lots of bottled water, and get like canned goods and things that won't go bad if our power goes out", she said. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

A surfer makes his way out into the water as the subtropical storm approaches in Pensacola. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record.

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