Alberto Makes Landfall in Florida Panhandle

posted by Alan McBride -

Subtropical Storm Alberto splashed ashore along the Florida Panhandle late Monday afternoon, bringing rain, wind and storm surge along with it.

The system had lost much of the punch it had picked up during its weekend trek through the Gulf of Mexico.

According to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Alberto's top sustained winds as it waded ashore were 45 mph.

Those winds were forecast to damp down quickly, with Alberto becoming a depression as it moved from Florida into Alabama.

Hurricane specialists say Alberto will be pulling tropical moisture behind it, which means parts of Florida can still expect rains that will linger into Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Authorities said that parts of the panhandle could expect up to six inches of rain before Alberto is out of the picture.

Beach safety officials said that Alberto had stirred up the surf and people on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of Florida would be well advised to play it safe over the next few days.

Authorities said the best thing for beach-goers would be to swim within clear sight of lifeguards and pay attention to any warning or caution flags posted at the beach.

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