Alberto downgraded to tropical depression; 10 pm advisory

A flood watch is expected for South Florida on Saturday morning as a result of Subtropical Storm Alberto

Alberto's ragged core made landfall near Laguna Beach in the Florida Panhandle on Monday afternoon before it began crawling inland. A storm surge watch means life-threatening inundations are possible from rising water moving inland from the coast. And just as Memorial Day marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season. With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, Alberto was moving north at 9 miles per hour. But forecasters said flash flooding from heavy rain was the biggest threat for most areas. A few brief tornadoes were possible in much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama.

Alberto is expected to make landfall Monday in the Florida Panhandle. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned as Alberto disrupted long holiday weekend plans for millions. A flash flood warning continues for Buncombe, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and McDowell Counties until 11 PM this evening.

A storm surge warning was in place from the Suwannee River to Navarre, Florida, and a tropical storm warning covered from the Suwannee River to the border of MS and Alabama.

And 20,000 people have been evacuated from the coast across the island of Cuba, according to state media reports.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued a declaration for all 67 counties in his state.

This system is considered subtropical, because the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall is far from the center of the storm.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for a stretch of coastline between Florida's Suwannee River and the Alabama-Florida border.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.

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Alberto rolled up big waves and tides along the northern Gulf Coast as it moved ashore. And through the end of the work week, that daytime heating is what we'll go back to relying on to get our afternoon sea breeze storms flaring up.

Alberto could bring isolated storm totals up to 12 inches in areas of the Florida Panhandle into much of Alabama and western Georgia through Tuesday, the NHC said. The evacuations affect about 4,200 homes.

Bands of heavy showers could produce torrential rain, perhaps at rates of 1"-3" per hour.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the annual hurricane season forecast Thursday in which they call for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes.

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Alberto made a Memorial Day landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla, just west of Panama City, andofficials warned of risky conditions even though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour.

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