The heaviest rain bands and strongest winds began coming ashore around 10 a.m. Monday in Panama City Beach. With maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kilometers), Alberto was moving north at 8 miles per hour (13 kph). The barometric pressure was 991mb.
A storm surge watch was put into effect from Suwannee River to Navarre, Fla., indicating the possibility of life-threatening inundation of storm water. No significant changes in strength were expected.
Instagram user Melody Kay Carroll posted a video clip of wind and rain in a Panama City parking deck.
While Alberto was expected to become a tropical storm upon landfall, the likelihood of the storm becoming a full-blown hurricane remained low.
From the Florida Panhandle across eastern and central Alabama and into western Georgia, people can expect from 4 to 8 inches of rain, with isolated cases of 12 inches of rain, the NHC said. Risky surf and rip current conditions were also likely to occur.
The Midlands is under a flash flood watch from midnight until 8 PM Monday.
The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto will likely reach the northern U.S. Gulf Coast Monday afternoon or evening. Unfortunately for Apalachicola, the maximum storm surge should arrive at this morning's high tide, resulting in a total water level roughly 3.4 feet above the normal high tide.
Other impacts from the storm include rip currents and tornadoes. "We're doing our best to get that message out". Rain chances will rise after 12 p.m., with 50% coverage. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. While the water was closed to the public, a few took their boards out to the waves.
Jason Powell said he was seeking to keep his children entertained until Alberto blows through his Florida Panhandle vacation spot. "I thought, 'Hmm. I'm gonna do what I can out here'".
The chance of precipitation during the Memorial Day holiday is 80 percent.
They both have organized storms and well-defined centers of circulation.
"We've never seen one (storm) before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes said. Just because it's "nice and sunny" after the storm passes, Medlin says there's still a risk for swimmers. "We were on the beach Friday and Saturday and we'll make the most of today". Rhumes said her group.
"From an economic standpoint most of the damage is already done, probably $600 or $700 million worth of lost economic activity due to rain, warnings and preparations", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.
"So we need to really be careful with that rainfall", Graham said.
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