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Subtropical Storm Alberto is bringing soaking rains and strong wind gusts to the Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle, where it's making landfall on Monday afternoon.

Some rain is possible for Memorial Day today but the greatest chance comes Tuesday when Subtropical Storm Alberto makes a northward journey through the state.

The first named Atlantic storm of 2018, Alberto, which formed just days prior to the official beginning of the hurricane season, remains unsafe and will become stronger, gusting up to 65 miles per hour on the Gulf Coast over the Monday holiday, according to the NWS, cited by Reuters.

The National Weather Service's Miami office extended its flood watch in South Florida to 6 p.m. Monday as a result of the storm.

Rick Scott (R) also declared a state of emergency in all of the state's 67 counties on Saturday.

Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression Monday night or Tuesday.

The storm is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across the western Cuba. Some of those storms could be severe, he said.

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

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Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.

Storms in the Gulf are closely watched because 5 percent of US natural gas and 17 percent of crude-oil production comes out of the region, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The center of Alberto is moving closer to the Panhandle, with rain bands and gusty winds continuing to spread onshore. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

Forecasters warned of life-threatening surf conditions, the possibility of a few brief tornadoes in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

The storm's maximum sustained winds have weakened slightly as the system approaches the shore, now topping out at 60 miles per hour, according to the 10 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency for 40 counties that will be impacted most by Alberto.

After making landfall near the Florida panhandle, the storm was expected to continue northwest, slowing down Monday, according to weather.com.

Flash flooding is also expected in that tri-state area.