Reports: Flood risk to continue in wake of Alberto’s landfall

As of 2:50 a.m. EDT Tuesday, the reports below are no longer being updated.

Subtropical Depression Alberto has the southeastern United States on alert into Tuesday as it moves inland after making landfall along the Florida Panhandle.

Heavy rain and gusty winds have already been felt for several days across Florida. Impacts will only worsen and expand in the Southeast through Memorial Day and beyond.

Alberto made landfall late Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida.

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image shows Subtropical Storm Alberto around the time that it made landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday afternoon. (Image/NESDIS/NOAA)

In addition to the risk of flash flooding, Alberto will also deliver dangerous rip currents and even some isolated tornadoes.

States of emergency were declared in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi ahead of the storm’s potential impacts.

1:25 a.m. EDT Tuesday

As tropical downpours continue to soak southern Alabama, a new flash flood warning has been issued for portions of Butler, Crenshaw and Covington counties.

"Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly," accroding to the NWS warning.

10:30 p.m. EDT Monday

Alberto has weakened to a subtropical depression, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Despite the storm weakening, Alberto will continue to unleash flooding downpours across southern Alabama on Monday night. These downpours will then spread northward into the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday.

9:30 p.m. EDT Monday:

In the past 24 hours, Crestview, Florida, located northwest of where Alberto made landfall, has received 3.73 inches of rain. Typically, in all of May the town received 4.44 inches of rain.

During this time, winds in Crestview have gusted up to 35 mph as the center of the storm tracked just east of the town.

7:50 p.m. EDT Monday:

Heavy rain is moving into Birmingham, Alabama, as an outer band of rain from Alberto advances across central Alabama.

A rain band from Alberto moving into Alabaster, Alabama, located just south of Birmingham, late on Monday afternoon. (Photo/Beth Bryan)

An outer band from Alberto also brought windswept rain to Jacksonville, Florida, late Monday afternoon.

7:25 p.m. EDT Monday:

Two people have died near Tryon, North Carolina, after a tree fell across a highway and landed on an SUV. Both people were employees from WYFF in Greenville, South Carolina.

The area had received heavy rain from the outer bands of Alberto when the tree fell.

5:45 p.m. EDT Monday

The leading edge of the heavier rain associated with Alberto is moving slowly northwest through Central Alabama.

A flash flood threat continues across western Florida and Alabama.

4:35 p.m. EDT Monday

The center of Subtropical Storm Alberto is making landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida.

Flooding has been reported in areas of Crawfordville, Florida and Shell Point, Florida. More rain is expected as Alberto moves over Florida’s Panhandle.

3:15 p.m. EDT Monday

Alberto is spinning onshore, the impacts still include tropical storm conditions, storm surge and flooding.

There is a Flash Flood Warning including Miramar Beach, De Funiak Springs and Freeport Florida until 5:00 p.m. CDT Monday.

Shell Point, Florida, is already experiencing some flooding due to Alberto.

2:22 p.m. EDT Monday

The circled area below is at an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon as Alberto moves ashore.

1:05 p.m. EDT Monday

Rain is starting to flood some low-lying areas in Panama City Beach, Florida.

12:15 p.m. EDT Monday

It is important to remember flooding is not the only risk associated with Alberto. There is a slight risk for tornado potential in the Florida Panhandle.

11:50 a.m. EDT Monday:

Franklin County in the Florida Panhandle is starting to experience tropical storm-force wind gusts. There are also reports of private piers underwater.

Red flag warnings are out on Pensacola Beach, Florida.

11 a.m. EDT Monday:

Wind and wave heights are now increasing in areas across the Florida Panhandle as Alberto closes in on the coast.

Alberto has lost 5 mph in wind speed as it makes landfall on the Florida Panhandle. The storm will bring the risk for flooding, as well as a possibility of stirring up tornadoes.

9:37 a.m. EDT Monday:

Thousands of Florida residents have evacuated ahead of Alberto, Reuters reported. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents on the barrier islands of Franklin County, which is located on the Florida Panhandle. Just to its east, Taylor County issued a voluntary evacuation order for coastal areas.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management reported that over 400 accounts were without power as of 9 a.m. Monday.

A person walks along the beach as a subtropical storm approaches Monday, May 28, 2018, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Diana Heidgerd)

5:45 a.m. EDT Monday:

Heavy downpours are spreading across Georgia and the Carolinas as tropical moisture surges northward well east of Alberto’s center.

These areas will be at risk for flooding into Tuesday, with some areas expected to pick up 2-4 inches of rain total with locally higher amounts.

2 a.m. EDT Monday:

The outer rain bands of the center of Alberto are beginning to push ashore along the Florida Panhandle. Conditions will continue to deteriorate through Monday morning as Alberto nears landfall, with rain and wind increasing.

Alberto is expected to move onshore between Pensacola and Panama City, Florida, by late Monday afternoon.

The storm’s pressure has dropped to 29.26 inches of mercury (991 millibars), which is the lowest pressure for an Atlantic storm in May since 1972, according to Philip Klotzbach from Colorado State University.

8:30 p.m. EDT Sunday:

As Alberto approaches the coast, wave heights are increasing and wind gusts are topping 65 mph.

A buoy over the eastern Gulf of Mexico recently reported wave heights of 15 feet near the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto. Wave heights associated with Subtropical Storm Alberto are forecast to reach 10-20 feet offshore of Florida this morning.

5 p.m. EDT Sunday:

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said in a statement Sunday that a mandatory evacuation has been issued in Franklin County for all barrier islands in the area and those in the county living directly on the coast in mobile homes or in recreation vehicle parks.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for all Barrier Islands in Franklin County (Bald Point, Alligator Point, Dog Island, St. George Island), for anyone living directly on the coastline, mobile homes and RV parks. Move inland until conditions pass. Conditions should return to normal Tuesday.

T. H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Gulf County will be evacuating Sunday, May 27 at 8:00 a.m.

Voluntary evacuation in Taylor County of coastal zones and beach communities (Keaton, Dekel, Cedar, Dark Islands) for mobile home parks, RV parks, low-lying areas and substandard housing has been issued.

1 p.m. EDT Sunday:

Inclement weather associated with Alberto prompted officials to cancel the second day of the Sunset Music Festival in Tampa. The city will remain at risk for gusty winds, drenching thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes through Memorial Day. A few heavy thunderstorms may also still be around on Tuesday.

11:30 a.m. EDT Sunday:

Beaches are being closed to swimming throughout the Gulf Coast today as Alberto creates dangerous surf.

A double red flag warning went into effect along beaches in Okaloosa County, Florida, early Sunday, morning. This means beaches are closed to swimming, according to AccuWeather Reporter Jonathan Petramala.

Gulf Islands National Seashore is closed. Highway 399 between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach will close at 6:00 p.m. Sunday. The closures are expected to last through at least Tuesday, but this could vary significantly as Alberto progresses.

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