Alberto expected to make landfall Monday

A road damaged in a previous storm in Alligator Point is not yet fixed. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the area.  Credit Erich Martin

A road damaged in a previous storm in Alligator Point is not yet fixed. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for the area. Credit Erich Martin

This video shows Longboat Key, which was still under a tropical storm warning, and the beach erosion and the surf.

Expect potentially strong to severe storms Monday afternoon and into Monday evening with training bands of rain that could lead to localized flooding. By Monday night, it might be a little bit drier, with the chance of rain dropping to 60 percent, according to the National Weather Service in Miami. The Tampa Bay is not longer under a storm surge watch at the moment, but that could, of course, change. The storm was moving north at about 13 miles per hour but a shift to the north-northwest is expected Sunday.

The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center shifts the storm farther east with a potential landfall near the Alabama-Florida state line.

The storm is expected to move North slowly from its location near Cuba Saturday into the Gulf of Mexico.

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The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts Friday prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

Alberto, which spun up days before the formal start of the 2018 hurricane season, was moving north at about 20 kilometres per hour with maximum sustained winds near 64 kilometres per hour, and higher gusts, on Saturday, the NWS said.

"The main concern from Alberto is flooding; not so much along the immediate coast, but inland, from the heavy rains that are coming on top of over a week of rain across the southeast", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

Gusty showers began lashing parts of Florida on Sunday, and authorities were warning of the possibility of flash flooding.

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A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the northern Gulf Coast from the Suwannee River to the Mississippi-Alabama border.

A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for all barrier islands in Franklin County, Florida as well as anyone living along the coastline or in an RV park.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state. Skies will remain a mix of sun and clouds again throughout the day and southerly winds will keep moisture in the area making for a muggy feeling day as well. Meteorologists are calling it a "subtropical storm", not to be confused with the just plain tropical storms we know and dread.

Alberto moved northward about 165 miles west of Tampa and was forecast to arrive Monday along Florida's northern Gulf Coast west of Apalachicola.

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The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday. Rough conditions were expected to roil the seas off the eastern and northern Gulf Coast region through Tuesday. "Some of the rain could be moderate to heavy, adding up to an inch of rainfall rather quickly". Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area. Meanwhile, evacuations are already underway at T. H Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and officials have issued voluntary evacuations for parts of Taylor County. Some of the rain maybe heavy at times.

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