USA states declare emergency ahead of subtropical storm

Subtropical storm Alberto is brewing in the Caribbean Sea

GETTYSubtropical storm Alberto is brewing in the Caribbean Sea

Elsewhere, Florida's Division of Emergency Management said, about 2,600 customers were without power in northwestern Florida on Monday morning. Over the few days, localized flash flooding from heavy rain is the main threat across the Southeastern U.S.

Subtropical Depression Alberto may be inland and heading for IN, but the tiny storm is still expected to bring quite the punch to western Pennsylvania and Appalachia.

Meanwhile, the storm forced some Memorial Day tributes to be cancelled across Florida's Panhandle.

Alberto will steadily weaken once it travels inland.

Alberto will continue to impact Middle Georgia through the middle of the week, bringing more heavy rainfall to the area.

Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant said he had just given an interview to Mr McCormick when, minutes later, he received a call about the incident.

"We're going to play cards and if there's a break, we'll head down to the beach", she said. While he says some people are wading along the water's edge, others are taking refuge in bars and restaurants.

The center of the storm is expected to remain west of the Ocala area, but there is some potential for tornadoes and flooding.

After landfall, Alberto's winds will decay, but the moisture envelop and rainfall will continue northward through Alabama and eventually IN by Wednesday.

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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. That's why a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until Wednesday at 8 a.m.

In Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky nearly 30million people are under flash flood watches. And in the Tampa Bay area on the central Gulf Coast, cities offered sandbags for homeowners anxious about floods.

Subtropical storm Alberto is pictured nearing the Florida Panhandle on Sunday.

Thousands have been evacuated from the northern Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida as it braces for subtropical storm Alberto.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 5 a.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was maintaining its strength as it approached the Florida panhandle and was centered about 125 miles (200 kilometers) south of Destin.

Mississippi, Florida and Alabama have declared states of emergency ahead of the storm's arrival. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.

At 18:00 GMT it was about 30km south of Florida's Panama City.

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.

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