Heavy rain could impact Wednesday evening commute, cause local flooding

Tropical storm watch and warnings are in place for Alberto along the Gulf Coast

Tropical storm watch and warnings are in place for Alberto along the Gulf Coast

Subtropical storm Alberto has fizzled into a subtropical depression as it rolled into Alabama, however forecasters warned of potentially risky flash floods even as winds dropped to 48km/h.

"The basic idea is that it's going to run out of real estate for it to strengthen" by picking up energy from the warm Gulf of Mexico waters, said Dan Petersen, a forecaster with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

The soggy remnants of Alberto moved toward the nation's interior Tuesday, leaving scattered flooding and downed trees in the wake of the year's first named tropical storm. River flooding will be possible this week as a result.

Up to 1 inch of rainfall is possible area wide, with some locally higher amounts possible.

A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect through the evening hours. Only.13 inches had fallen at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport through 5 p.m. Saturday, but almost 6 inches has fallen so far this month, about three times the normal amount. No tornadoes were reported Sunday, however, in the Florida Peninsula.

Sarasota County tweeted that approximately 1,730 sandbags were distributed by the county Saturday.

Heavy rains were expected across Florida and in parts of Alabama and Georgia.

Subtropical Storm Alberto arrives at Orange Beach, Alabama, U.S., May 28, 2018, in this picture obtained from social media.

Tropical moisture will continue to move into the area as Alberto moves to our west. Rain is likely Monday and there will be the potential for some heavy rainfall.

Alberto remains a broad system. What remains of Alberto was crawling northward at about 12 miles per hour. It had maximum sustained winds of up to 45 mph and winds of 40 mph stretching as far as 90 miles from its center.

"I don't know if it is weather-related or not, but we did get some pretty strong winds come through and then the call of the tower came in", Mayor Richard Herston said.

Some areas on Gulf Coast barrier islands remained under evacuation orders due to flood risks, officials said.

Florida, Alabama, and MS have all declared states of emergency, with rainfall in some areas expected to be over a dozen inches.

The governors of Florida, Alabama and MS all declared states of emergency ahead of the storm.

Waves as high as 18 feet were forecast for northern Gulf beaches.

The storm is also threatening the southeast with flooding as it predicted to spread moistures across the region as the week progresses. Rain will not be widespread, but a few storms could be possible.

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