Alberto now a depression, but still poses threats to Middle Georgia

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The tropical system became a subtropical storm Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Alberto made a Memorial Day landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla, just west of Panama City, andofficials warned of risky conditions even though its maximum sustained winds fell to 45 miles per hour.

Flooding and flash flooding are possible in the Southeast, including Florida, the NHC said in its latest update. A subtropical storm such as Alberto has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. The rain could lead to flash floods and mudslides on the island.

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

The journalists, namely Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer, reportedly died when a falling tree crushed their auto as they drove down a highway in North Carolina. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall in the Triangle by Tuesday morning, according to the weather service, with Johnston County and places south and east getting up to 3 inches.

Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 80s during the day and the mid 70s at night this week and the wind should be less than 15 miles per hour but as low as 7 miles per hour on Wednesday. Very little change in intensity or forward motion is expected by the time it makes landfall.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto could bring some rain and thunderstorms to Pennsylvania this week, but the impact is expected to be minimal.

The Hurricane Center says a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. Alberto is expected to drag more moisture from the south over Florida, Austin said.

The storm prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations over the weekend amid expectations Alberto would reach land sometime Monday.

Janet Rhumes of Kansas and a group of friends had planned their Memorial Day vacation on Navarre Beach since October. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

A surfer makes his way out into the water as the subtropical storm approaches in Pensacola.

However, the NHC said the season is likely to be "near or above normal". 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.