Alberto expected to make landfall in Florida this afternoon

A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

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

"The storm was moving north at about 14 miles per hour, so not real fast".

Subtropical Storm Alberto pushed north along the western coast of Florida on Sunday, May 27, churning up the ocean and creating beach erosion.

A fisherman casts his line from the storm wall along Pascagoula Bay in Pascagoula, Miss., Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Thousands of Florida residents evacuated homes on Sunday as the storm headed north through the Gulf of Mexico.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 and goes through to November 30, 2018.

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The storm now has maximum sustained winds of almost 50-miles-per-hour and is likely to become a tropical storm. Bands of dry air wrapped up with the storm spared Central Florida much of the feared rainfall that had triggered a flood watch, and the watch was discontinued Sunday afternoon.

In Southern Alabama, Mississippi and the western Florida panhandle there could be as much as one foot of rain. He said in a tweet he made the declaration "to ensure our state has the resources they need to keep their families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding Subtropical Storm Alberto will bring". Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading are banned due to high surf and unsafe conditions. "Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the southeast United States, including Florida", it said. Due to the scattered variety, not all areas will see the storms. It says Alberto is on a forecast track to enter the northern Gulf of Mexico during the nighttime hours and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the area of the Florida Panhandle sometime Monday.

First, a look at the radar over Florida as of 8 a.m. Monday. "Some of the rain could be moderate to heavy, adding up to an inch of rainfall rather quickly".

"It's maintained its strength and wind speeds overnight, and it looks like it's headed for landfall at Panama City, (Florida)", said David Roth, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. Some of the rain maybe heavy at times. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

According to the NOAA, there is a 70% chance of having 10 to 16 named storms forming this year.

Subtropical Storm Alberto continued to shift farther east Saturday, closer to the Florida peninsula and Southwest Florida, prompting forecasters to post a tropical storm warning for Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties, as well as Lee and Hillsborough.

The early storm doesn't necessarily mean this year's hurricane season will be as busy as last year's though.

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