Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle Monday as a weakened subtropical storm.
Subtropical Storm Alberto was disrupting plans for Memorial Day barbecues and beach outings in Alabama, Florida and MS, as the storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.
A Storm Surge Watch is also posted for areas between the Aucilla River and Mexico Beach.
Over the few days, localized flash flooding from heavy rain is the main threat across the Southeastern U.S.
A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.
Panama City, Fla. - was bracing for more than 6.5 inches of rain expected through Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service's office in Tallahassee.
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Subtropical Depression Alberto is bringing plenty of rain from the Gulf Coast all the way up through the Mid-Atlantic region as it makes progress to the north from Alabama. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour. The combination of Storm Surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters mov ing inland.
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Picking up windspeed of up to 45 miles per hour, the storm gradually subsiding to 12 miles per hour as it headed northeast inland, according to the National Hurricane Centre.
Because of the predicted landfall area, Lee County and surrounding areas could potentially experience "tropical weak tornadoes", Allen said, because of the county's location in relation to the storm.
Flash flood watches are in effect for parts of several states from Alabama through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, the Carolinas and Virginia and West Virginia. The storm comes during the Memorial Day weekend and was expected to scramble transportation on Monday as many people return from holiday travel.
The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season made landfall Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida - just west of Panama City Beach and almost 300 miles west of Jacksonville. Grant Brown, the city's public information officer, said they had already finished a number of preparations such as clearing culverts to prepare for big rains but Sunday had turned into a "really nice day".