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Subtropical Storm Alberto approaches the Florida Panhandle and is expected to land on Monday. It had a maximum wind of 65 mph early Monday and can generate dangerous waves for people who are not in its path. (28th of May)
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Three states prepared contingency plans on Monday when subtropical Storm Alberto landed with heavy rain and strong winds, prematurely ended Memorial Day celebrations and sent National Guardsmen into water-saturated communities

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stated that emergencies for all 67 counties in his state and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said.

Alabama governor Kay Ivey declared the state of emergency for 40 counties, CNN reported, adding that Ivey activated the state's emergency operations center while the Alabama National Guard activated its flood evacuation teams.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 6 pm ET Monday that Alberto was centered about five miles west-northwest of Panama City, Florida. With maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the storm moved north at 9 mph.

Harsh conditions lashed large waves from the eastern and northern Gulf Coast and the authorities warned swimmers to stay out of the surf for life-threatening waves and torrential currents.

Four to eight inches of rain could beat the Florida Panhandle, eastern and central Alabama, and western Georgia before the storm moves on. Isolated floods of 12 inches were also possible, as the storm leads inland and threatens heavy rainfall in the southeast in the coming hours and days.

Forecasters warned of life-threatening surfing conditions when Alberto landed late at Laguna Beach on the Florida Panhandle Monday afternoon. A few short tornadoes were available across much of Florida and parts of Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. But meteorologists said torrential rains were the biggest threat to most areas.

As the center of Alberto moved further inland – without the warm waters fueled by the tropical weather systems – the storm was steadily weakening. A subtropical storm like Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are farther from its center.

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