Storm in the US

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But the 2018 season is off to an early start with Tropical Storm Alberto being the first named storm.

"Heavy rains and gusty winds continue to spread northward over Florida", tweeted the account.

Authorities say conditions are especially unsafe with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans.

The slow-moving system is expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

Storm in the US
Storm in the US

Expect potentially strong to severe storms Monday afternoon and into Monday evening with training bands of rain that could lead to localized flooding.

Alberto is expected to dump heavy rain on parts of Florida today and make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast Monday.

The National Hurricane Center warns that heavy rain and flooding is expected on the island of Cuba, as well as southern Florida and the Florida Keys. The NWS said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, much of southern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. The storm was moving north at about 13 miles per hour but a shift to the north-northwest is expected Sunday.

The weather service has also put in place a high rip current risk as well as a high surf warning.

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Residents in the western portion of the county can expect sustained winds of 20 to 30 miles an hour with gusts up to 40 miles an hour-mainly along the US 19 and Little Road corridors-beginning early this afternoon into the early overnight hours Monday.

In our area, the primary threat from Alberto is flooding from heavy rainfall.

Behind Alberto: Alberto's remnant circulation moves north of Alabama by Wednesday afternoon, but we still won't be done with rain/storm chances.

Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency notice for all of the state's 67 counties.

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The Air Force Reserve's Hurricane Hunters again flew out Saturday to gather data on the storm, and it has not strengthened much if at all, the center says.

Winds from the storm are forecast to hit Florida's Panhandle on Sunday night. "Do not think that only areas in the cone will be impacted - everyone in our state must be prepared".

Despite its predicted strengthening, Alberto is not expected to become a hurricane.

Alberto is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of rain to Pasco County.

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The 40-mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles, mostly to the east of the center, which prompted the tropical storm warning for Manatee, Sarasota and the other coastal counties.

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