Alberto bringing scattered storms and gusty winds to the area

A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

A Flood Watch continues for all of South Florida through 8 pm Sunday evening and the National Weather Service could extend it into Monday

Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

Daniel Brown, meteorologist at the National Hurricane Centre in Miami, said Alberto's strongest winds have already peaked at 50mph and it does not have a great chance to get much stronger.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app.

The storm continued churning north through the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and is scheduled to make landfall on the Florida Panhandle early Monday morning, reports CNN.

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"As we continue to monitor Subtropical Storm Alberto's northward path toward Florida, it is critically important that all Florida counties have every available resource to keep families safe and prepare for the torrential rain and severe flooding this storm will bring".

The Midlands is under a flash flood watch from midnight until 8 PM Monday. Then, late Sunday the storm is expected to make a slight turn toward the northwest heading toward the western panhandle of Florida. 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. Maximum winds were 50 miles per hour. gusting to 65 miles per hour. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10-30 centimeters) of rain in some areas. Much of the Southeast should expect 2 to 4 inches of rain over the next couple of days. Today there is another 60% chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. A more destructive storm could develop over the next 48 hours. 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 there and those in the county living directly on the coast in mobile homes or in recreation vehicle parks. Essentially, the characteristics of a subtropical system mean it lacks the punch to quickly increase in strength and become a hurricane.

At the moment its growth is being hindered by strong winds in the upper atmosphere, but as the storm tracks northwards these winds are expected to ease, allowing the storm to complete its transition into a fully tropical system.

A flood watch has been extended for all of South Florida until Monday, forecasters say, confirming that Memorial Day will indeed be a wet one.

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