Alabama doused with heavy rains from remnants of Alberto

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Alberto's winds slowed down throughout Monday as it made landfall in Laguna Beach, west of Panama City on the northern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Centre.

A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for most of the Tri-State from 1 p.m. Tuesday until 7 a.m. Wednesday. Minor power outages were reported in north Florida, and the state's emergency response team started closing shelters on Monday, citing a "lack of public sheltering need". It will still be important to stay aware of where those bands of rain are and with such a soggy ground, even slight wind gusts could still impact trees or power lines.

The center of former Subtropical Storm Alberto is near Moulton this afternoon, moving northward. Some may produce heavy rain with a small chance of being strong.

As the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, Subtropical Storm Alberto lumbered ashore Monday afternoon in the Florida Panhandle and then weakened overnight to a depression centered over Alabama.

At its height, it was blasting sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (105 kph) with gusts that packed full hurricane punches of 75 miles per hour (121 kph), said meteorologist David Roth of the National Weather Service.

Between 2 and 8 inches (10-25 centimeters) of rain could soak Alabama and western Georgia on Tuesday, and isolated deluges of 12 inches (30 centimeters) also are possible as the system heads into the Tennessee Valley on its way to the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region.

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The National Weather Service issued an alert warning that heavy rains could cause flash flooding across the western Florida panhandle and much of southwest and south-central Alabama. There was not a lot of erosion.

Santa Rosa County officials had put out many piles of sand several days ago in case people wanted to mitigate any flooding in their homes.

"We're not expecting the season to be one of the most active on record", said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane season forecaster with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

Journalists Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer died in a freak accident today while covering weather conditions in North Carolina, in the U.S., during Storm Alberto.

They had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they covered storms in North Carolina.

So let's hope Alberto gets out of here, and we get better weather for this big event.