While Alberto nears the shore, the warning area has been scaled back from the Suwannee River back west to the Florida-Alabama state line.
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.
"The primary effects we will see from this storm in west central and southwest Florida will be heavy rainfall, isolated thunderstorms, gusty winds, and risky marine conditions", the weather service forecast said.
Subtropical Storm Alberto has made landfall, bringing with it a path of destruction.
Heavy rain with a possibility of thunderstorms are expected to begin moving into the area from about 1 p.m.to 7 p.m., Mott said. By early Monday morning Alberto slowed down, but a faster north-northwestward to northward motion is expected during the next few days.
"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over the northern Gulf of Mexico tonight and cross the northern Gulf Coast in the warning area on Monday", the center said. The Jacksonville International Airport received 1.37 inches of rain Sunday, according the National Weather Service, while the Gainesville Regional Airport reportedly measured only 0.92 inches.
The National Weather Service's office in Tampa said in a briefing Saturday that winds from Alberto would increase late Saturday night, persisting during the day Sunday, then diminish later Sunday night.
STORM SURGE: Water levels along the northeast Gulf of Mexico coast are receding, and will continue to do so overnight.
Florida, Alabama and MS declare states of emergency ahead of the first named storm of the hurricane season. 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. No severe weather is expected, but heavy rain and thunderstorms are possible. It said isolated tornadoes remained a threat in Florida in the coming hours.
The storm is expected to spin up multiple tornadoes as it marches inland after making landfall this afternoon.
A slot of dry air is rotating around the southern edge of Alberto and that may act to cut off our rain for a period of time mid day today.
Thursday's storms look spotty but heavy: frequent lightning, heavy downpours covering small areas, and wind gusts up to 35 miles per hour.
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