Storm Alberto threatens Alabama with flash flooding

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Alberto was centered 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Subtropical Storm Alberto made landfall Monday afternoon along the Florida Panhandle near Laguna Beach Florida. Justin Ray Parker, a guest at Shores of Panama captured the little rampaging waterspout on their smartphone, even the moment when a pool float is tossed into the air.

Subtropical depression Alberto has officially become the first named storm of the year to make landfall in the U.S.

On Monday, two people - a news anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer, of Greenville, South Carolina-based CNN affiliate WYFF - were killed in Polk County, North Carolina.

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Forecasters said Alberto could bring unsafe high water to southern coastal states when it douses an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches of rain and possible tornadoes.

Through the week Alberto will quickly move to the north, but tropical moisture stays in the area through the end of the week. The high risk for rip currents will remain in effect as well.Scattered showers and storms are in the forecast for Wednesday as well.

Alberto's winds continued to slow down throughout Monday, reaching maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour as it made landfall in Laguna Beach, west of Panama City on the northern Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Alberto could cause $400 million to $500 million across the South, including damage to cars crushed by toppled trees, wrecked roofs and flooding, Watson said in an interview.

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The storm's approach also triggered mandatory evacuations of some small, sparsely populated Gulf Coast barrier islands in one Florida county. We will still see hit-and-miss showers and storms that could produce some heavier downpours.which will continue a flood threat, especially in North Carolina where the ground is saturated.

Alberto also was expected to impact Cuba, with an additional 5 to 10 inches of rain projected to hit Central Cuba, forecasters said, with isolated storm totals of 20 to 25 inches of rain.

Elsewhere, Florida's Division of Emergency Management said, about 2,600 customers were without power in northwestern Florida on Monday morning.

It could dump up to 6 inches (15 cm) of rain as it moves north toward lower MI by Wednesday evening, officials said. Forecasters cautioned that heavy rain and tropical storm conditions could reach the northern Gulf Coast well ahead of the center of Alberto making landfall.

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The storm formed and was named a subtropical storm on Saturday.