Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to bring drenching rains to the Florida Panhandle when it makes landfall on Monday, the day after a separate storm triggered a flood that tore through a historic Maryland town and swept away a man who was trying to help rescue people, officials said.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo.
"On the forecast track, the center of Alberto will move over Alabama later tonight and Tuesday", the NHC said.
Further South, the tropical storm is bringing even bigger rains to central Alabama.
The storm's maximum sustained winds had reached 65 miles per hour Sunday night - but although it lost strength, National Hurricane Center meteorologist David Zelinsky told NPR there was no reason to relax.
"Most of the issues we're having right now are downed trees and downed limbs", Walton County spokesman Louis Svehla told the Northwest Florida Daily News, as reported by the AP.
WYFF-TV's Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer were reporting on the rain's impact in Polk County, North Carolina, when the incident occurred on Highway 176, the station reported.
Strong winds and waves kicked up by the storm were expected to rapidly diminish through Tuesday along the coasts of Alabama and Florida.
Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned. We will still see hit-and-miss showers and storms that could produce some heavier downpours.which will continue a flood threat, especially in North Carolina where the ground is saturated.
Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the eastern and northern Gulf Coast Tuesday, meteorologists said.
Florida, Alabama and MS declare states of emergency ahead of the first named storm of the hurricane season.
Jason Powell sought to keep his children entertained with movies and TV until Alberto blows past his Florida vacation spot.
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.
"So far we've seen a lot of wind and the ocean is really high, covering up the entire beach", Powell said. The storm has already caused flooding and power outages in some areas across the south and was moving north in the direction of the Great Lakes Tuesday. They stocked up on groceries and planned to play card games.
On Saturday evening, the storm was located about 153km north of the western tip of Cuba and 440km southwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 113km west of Key West, Florida, according to the NHC.
About 400 customers along Florida's Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management.