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Alberto to Strike Florida With Heavy Winds and Flooding on US Holiday

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Hurricane season 2018 Tropical season Alberto damage to cost 1 billion

Alberto's winds slowed down reaching maximum sustained winds of 45mph as it hit Florida's Laguna Beach yesterday, west of Panama City on the northern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Subtropical Storm Alberto makes landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Monday, bringing the threat of flash floods, rip currents and gusty winds to shore.

Kennon says red flags are flying along the beaches to caution people against going in the water and officials are patrolling to make sure people din't ignore the warnings. But forecasters said it will dump heavy rain on the Florida Panhandle, raising the risk of flash flooding and storm surges.

Minor power outages were reported in north Florida, and the state's emergency response team started closing shelters yesterday, citing a lack of need.

"Steady weakening is in the forecast as the system moves inland but will remain a big rain-maker of 4-8" with isolated amounts up to 12" will be possible through Tuesday near and along the storm "core" track. The storm was moving north at 6 miles per hour with winds that remained at 65 miles per hour.

Alberto got an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially start until Friday.

Monday: We are now see a small break in the shield of rain, but bands of rain with isolated storms are beginning to move into Southeast Alabama.

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"From an economic standpoint most of the damage is already done, probably $600 or $700 million worth of lost economic activity due to rain, warnings and preparations", said Chuck Watson, a disaster modeler at Enki Research in Savannah, Georgia.

Alberto is predicted to move northward at a faster rate after making landfall in the western Florida Panhandle on Monday.

Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flooding over western Cuba, South Florida and the Florida Keys, the National Hurricane Centre said on Sunday.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday. "Strong squalls off and on" had kept her inside, she said.

Janet Rhumes of Kansas and a group of friends had planned their Memorial Day vacation on Navarre Beach since October. "We've never seen one before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday", Rhumes told the Daily News.

Watch out for a few areas of patchy fog, mist and drizzle early.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc was sending workers back to the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Chevron Corp restored some production on Monday after the storm's passage. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph). Some of the showers and storms could become locally heavy.

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