The storm was about 130 miles west-southwest of Tampa, moving north at 14 mph, the hurricane center said.
Alberto rolled up big waves and tides along the northern Gulf Coast as it moved ashore.
Subtropical Storm Alberto moves northbound over Northwest Florida Monday evening bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and a risk of severe storms to South Alabama and South Georgia. We will still see hit-and-miss showers and storms that could produce some heavier downpours.which will continue a flood threat, especially in North Carolina where the ground is saturated.
A public advisory regarding Alberto released Tuesday morning said the storm was making its way through central Alabama and was headed north at a rate of 12 miles per hour, a speed the National Hurricane Center predicted would increase.
Subtropical Depression Alberto may be inland and heading for IN, but the tiny storm is still expected to bring quite the punch to western Pennsylvania and Appalachia.
The National Weather Service in Morristown (NWS) is tracking bands of possibly flood level rains to come Tuesday with the storm.
Between four and eight inches (10-25 centimeters) of rain could soak the Florida Panhandle, Alabama, and western Georgia before the storm moves on.
Eye on the Gulf: Storm Alberto makes landfall on Florida Panhandle
Its winds, which had strengthened overnight to 65 miles per hour , were down to 60 miles per hour as of 11 a.m. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers.
The storm disrupted Memorial Day weekend from Pensacola in the Panhandle to Miami Beach on Florida's southeastern edge.
The National Hurricane Center also said that swells, which could cause life-threatening surf and rip current condition, could affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday. The storm, coming on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, was expected to scramble holiday travel.
Kennon says red flags are flying along the beaches to caution people against going in the water and officials are patrolling to make sure people din't ignore the warnings.
"We got the flags out", Rice told the Northwest Florida Daily News as wind whipped a massive USA flag flying at half-staff. It is still a subtropical storm, meaning that it does not have all of the characteristics of a purely tropical system and is more of a hybrid cyclone. Alberto will become the ninth named storm to make landfall on the continental United States before June 1 on record. "We'll hang out and see how it goes".
Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said he had just given an interview to Mr McCormick when, minutes later, he received a call about the incident.
The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county.