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Here are the key messages for #Alberto as of 10 am CDT/11am EDT. Its winds, which had strengthened overnight to 65 miles per hour, were down to 60 miles per hour as of 11 a.m. Expect similar conditions in North Alabama on Tuesday as the center of the storm moves overhead; a Flash Flood Watch is in effect though noon Wednesday.

Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018, which spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season, was packing maximum sustained winds near 105 kilometres per hour and was expected to drop as much as 30cm of rain, slamming an area from MS to western Georgia, the Miami-based hurricane centre said.

David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said: "Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105km per hour), which is about 10 miles (16km) shy of being a hurricane".

The center also has discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula. The storm, coming on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, was expected to scramble holiday travel.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties that will go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from her office.

All three counties are in north Florida.

Mark Bowen, the Bay County emergency management director, suggested people stay safe - preferably indoors.

"This is definitely a unsafe storm".

Over 350mm of rain is possible along the coast, which in the long term will be beneficial, given the dry conditions which have prevailed in recent weeks.

Storm Alberto churns toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi
Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression Monday night or Tuesday. This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken May 26 shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico.

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken May 26 shows Subtropical Storm Alberto in the Gulf of Mexico.

Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is making landfall near Laguna Beach.

Watches were issued for storm surges - life-threatening inundations from rising coastal waters moving inland - for a stretch of coastline between Crystal River, Florida, and the mouth of the Mississippi River.

The gloomy weather that put a damper on outdoor activities over the Memorial Day weekend is expected to last several more days in SC as Tropical Storm Alberto moves from the Gulf of Mexico toward the Midwest.

Alberto is the first named storm in the Atlantic in 2018. Isolated parts of the Gulf Coast could receive up to a foot of rain.

Heavy rain could pummel Florida Panhandle, eastern and central Alabama, and western Georgia.

After moving on shore, the center of Alberto will probably move into northern Alabama by Tuesday.

Many may see some tropical storm force wind gusts along the coast but not necessarily sustained winds.