Subtropical Storm Alberto within 50 miles of Florida

Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday, with tropical storm force winds already reaching Florida and Alabama Monday morning. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.

Alberto could cause $400 million to $500 million across the South, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and the NHC says it is moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.

The storm was expected to weaken as it continues moving inland. The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday. The storm is also pushing rain bands towards the coast, Gardner said, so there could be some heavy rain there as well. The heavy rain along with the saturated grounds could lead to some flash flooding.

Nearly 140 damaging storm reports, including eight tornadoes, were made Sunday from the Midwest into the Rockies, where damage was reported to homes in Wyoming. Maximum winds were 50 miles per hour. gusting to 65 miles per hour.

And just as the long holiday weekend 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.

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The flood watch runs to 8 p.m. Sunday, during the period when Alberto is expected to pass closest to South Florida on its course toward the northern Gulf coast.

Alberto is expected to make landfall Monday in the Florida Panhandle.

Subtropical Storm Alberto had a burst of strength as it closes on Florida's Panhandle, where it should come ashore early Monday, and is spreading heavy rains across the U.S. South, potentially causing more than US$1 billion in economic losses. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?" "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast". After reaching top winds of 45 mph and spending 30 hours as a tropical storm, Arlene died. While damaging winds and tornado are both under very low risks, Charlotteans may need to keep an eye out on those two as well.

As several states in the Southeast declare emergencies ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto, forecasters in Upstate New York are tracking its progress northward.

In Gulf Shores, Ala., webcams showed beaches beginning to fill up as the storm's track shifted slightly east away from the region, but red flags on the beach warned beach-goers to stay out of the rough water.

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