Alberto brings little rain to Volusia/Flagler area as it approaches the coast

Forecast outlook via NHC

Forecast outlook via NHC

The storm was about 110 miles (177 km) southeast of Destin, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 8 a.m. EDT (noon GMT) and was heading north at about 6 mph (10 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm was moving north at about 6 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds measured at about 65 miles per hour.

Slowly strengthening Subtropical Storm Alberto could cause more than $1 billion in economic losses to the U.S. Gulf Coast as it tracks north, bringing a growing threat of floods, but it's had little impact on offshore energy production. The storm, coming on the last day of the Memorial Day weekend, was expected to scramble holiday travel.

Heavy rain from Monday through Wednesday poses a threat of localized flash flooding in the Triad area, the National Weather Service said.

Rough conditions were whipping up big waves off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast, and authorities warned swimmers to stay out of the surf because of life-threatening swells and rip currents.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle in this May 27, 2018 NASA handout photo.

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After Alberto is long gone, we still hang on to rain and thunderstorm chances through the end of the week, but chances will be in the scattered category instead of the likely rain we'll see to start the week.

Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading are banned due to high surf and risky conditions.

"Locally heavy rainfall will be possible, but the pattern evolution is far from certain at this time", said the weather service's Albany office. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 178 km/h.

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season made landfall Monday afternoon near Laguna Beach, Florida - just west of Panama City Beach and almost 300 miles west of Jacksonville.

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Alberto expected to strengthen until it reaches the northern Gulf Coast, likely on Monday night.

Alberto's heavy rains and and gusty winds remain predominantly on the right side of the storm, and therefore heavy rain and some gusty winds are expected across much of Florida Sunday.

Mexico canceled its watch for the resort-dotted coast of the Yucatan peninsula, where the storm brought heavy rain.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

Alberto is forecast to make landfall this afternoon near Panama City Beach, Florida.

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Strong to severe storms will also be possible embedded in the rain on Sunday.

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