Subtropical Storm Alberto's pelting rain and brisk winds rain roiled the seas as it neared the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday, keeping white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds. But forecasters said flash flooding from heavy rain was the biggest threat for most areas.
Florida, Mississippi and Alabama which are the three main states which are bearing the brunt of the storm all declared states of emergency ahead of Alberto.
Although Alberto, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, was downgraded to a subtropical depression soon after it made landfall on Monday, its affects have continued to be felt, even at the fringes of the system.
The Accuweather spokesman observed that the weather event's classification, while not a pure tropical system, nonetheless is unsafe, and urged residents to take action to prepare their homes.
The weather service said its meteorologists confirmed a weak tornado with maximum winds of 85 miles per hour (147 kph) hit an area around Cameron, South Carolina, on Monday afternoon. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out?"
Alberto has had quite the circuitous route of a sub-tropical storm.it was quite hard defining the center (s) at the start.and then what steered the system wound up also being a hybrid forecast.
About 400 customers along Florida's Tampa Bay and in the Panhandle were without power Monday morning, according to Florida's Division of Emergency Management. "We'll hang out and see how it goes".
Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state.
McCormick and Smeltzer had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they covered storms in North Carolina.
"The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline", the NHC said, with water potentially reaching 1 to 3 feet above ground if the peak surge occurs during high tide. No tornadoes were reported Sunday, however, in the Florida Peninsula.
In Miami, organizers called off the sea portion of the Miami Beach Air & Sea Show on Sunday because of heavy rain and rough waters. Strong winds in the gulf and residual moisture will continue to produce scattered showers in the bay area.
Winds will be calm and the humidity will high throughout the day.
"This is a pretty significant rain event for a single storm since we usually get 4 inches of rain for the entire month (of May)", said James Everett, manager of the river forecast center at TVA. The storm spun up days before the formal June 1 start of the hurricane season.