"Rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the US Gulf Coast region and over much of the southeastern United States beginning Sunday and will continue into next week".
Alberto is the first major storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which doesn't officially begin until June 1 and runs through the fall. Very little change in intensity or forward motion is expected by the time it makes landfall.More news: Six new features coming to WhatsApp this week
A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River, the unofficial start of the Florida Panhandle, west to the Mississippi/Alabama border.
Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said at a Sunday afternoon news conference that the concern isn't with storm surge due to the timing of landfall and the tides. Winds are forecast to reach 60 mph 12 hours and it should be over land in the Florida Panhandle in 24 hours.
Subtropical Storm Alberto continues spinning out at sea, but this tropical system's outer rainbands have been impacting Middle Georgia since Sunday afternoon.
Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Cuba on Saturday. A pocket of moist air that was sitting over Cuba on Monday is set to arrive in Florida later this week, upping the chance of rain for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Austin said. "We've had named storms only a week away from the start of hurricane season before".More news: Congressional bid to block ZTE possible: Marco Rubio
Today will be warm and dry and great for picnicking according to Paul Head, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, with weather in the low 80s and high humidity. According to the National Weather Service, almost half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle-related.
At 8 a.m., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was about 164 miles southwest of Tamp and moving north at 15 mph.
Weather authorities say about 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected to drench the area late Sunday night and into Monday, pouring water over already saturated ground.
For those who wish to dip their toes in the water this week, be warned: strong breezes will produce above-normal waves, ranging from 2 to 4 feet, and risky rip currents through midweek, forecasters said.More news: The Expanse has been saved by Amazon