Thousands evacuate as Alberto bears down on northern Gulf Coast

Much of central North Carolina will be under a flash flood watch effective Monday at 1 a.m. and lasting into Tuesday as subtropical storm Alberto passes to the west. "There's still a threat of heavy rains and flooding". "There's not going to be a lot of grilling or boating going on - it's going to be messy".

The two, who worked for the NBC affiliate in Greenville, S.C., died in Polk County, just over the state line in North Carolina, shortly after interviewing fire department officials.

The NHC warned the storm would dump rains of 2-6 inches (6-15 cm), with up to 12 inches over north Florida and Alabama through Tuesday night. The storm is also pushing rain bands towards the coast, Gardner said, so there could be some heavy rain there as well. "That's what's important." Along the Florida Panhandle, tourists vowed Alberto wouldn't dampen their spirits.

With all the rain around, Monday's high temperature will only get to about 76 degrees.

Rain totals of up to 5 inches will be possible in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky over the next 60 hours, with totals of 1-3 inches of rain expected locally.

By Tuesday, showers will be more scattered, and it warms back into the 80s. Showers should be relatively light, with the exception of an isolated storm or two.

Deadly hurricanes in the United States and the Caribbean previous year caused billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastation to hundreds of thousands of structures. In some cases, rainfall could top 10 inches in pockets across the state.

"399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach". Officials there are warning of risky conditions.

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Though the Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday, Alberto has become the first named storm this year, throwing disarray into long holiday weekend plans along Florida's Gulf Coast.

SURF: Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday.

Alberto had picked up strength as it headed north through the Gulf of Mexico, bringing with it the warning of life-threatening inundation, said the Miami-based hurricane centre.

Three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama had declared emergencies ahead of Alberto. Breezy conditions are also expected.

Jeffrey Medlin, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service's Mobile office, warned that even after the storm moves north there will still be swells coming up from the south that could cause risky rip currents.

On Thursday, another half-inch to a full inch of rain will be possible.

In the tropics, the story has been Subtropical Storm Alberto, which makes landfall later today across the Panhandle of Florida.

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