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Alberto weakens to subtropical depression, threat of heavy rain continues

Alberto makes landfall near the Panhandle, winds weaken (WPEC)

Alberto has now weken to a subtropical depression, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm made landfall near Laguna Beach Monday afternoon just before 5 p.m. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding took place over parts of the Panhandle.

As of the latest 10 p.m. advisory, Alberto's maximum sustained winds have weakened to 35 mph. It's currently about 50 miles west-northwest of Dothan. Alabama.

Alberto is expected to weaken even more as it moves further inland over the next few days, the NHC said. The storm is predicted to become a remnant by Tuesday night.

The flood watch in Palm Beach County has been canceled, however, an additional 1-3 inches of rain is likely in many locations with isolated higher totals.

The National Weather Service determined a tornado touched down near Stuart. A photo from the sheriff's office showed a trampoline hanging from a set of power lines.


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ADVISORY FROM NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER

LOCATION...31.4N 86.2W

ABOUT 50 MI...80 KM WNW OF DOTHAN ALABAMA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...35 MPH...55 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 350 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...996 MB...29.42 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Tropical Storm Warning from the Aucilla River to the

Okaloosa/Walton County line has been discontinued.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

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At 1000 PM CDT (0300 UTC), the center of Subtropical Depression

Alberto was located near latitude 31.4 North, longitude 86.2 West.

The depression is moving toward the north near 12 mph (19 km/h) A

faster northward to north-northwestward motion is expected during

the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Alberto

will move over Alabama later tonight and early Tuesday. The system

is forecast to move over the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday and into

the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes region on Wednesday and Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 35 mph (55 km/h) with

higher gusts. Continued weakening is forecast as Alberto moves

farther inland, and the system is expected to degenerate into a

remnant low by Tuesday evening.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb (29.42 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND

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RAINFALL: Alberto is expected to produce 2 to 6 inches of rain from

Alabama to the western Great Lakes and from northern Florida to the

mid Atlantic coast through Wednesday. Isolated maximum totals of 12

inches are possible over the Florida Panhandle and Alabama. These

rains may produce flooding and flash flooding.

SURF: Swells generated by Alberto will continue to affect the

eastern and northern Gulf Coast through Tuesday. These swells are

likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

For more information, consult products from your local weather

office.

NEXT ADVISORY

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Next intermediate advisory at 100 AM CDT.

Next complete advisory at 400 AM CDT.




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