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Alberto Heads North To Panhandle; Our Flood Watch Is Extended

Subtropical Storm Alberto is approaching the Florida Panhandle late Sunday afternoon, and conditions there will deteriorate well in advance of landfall early on Monday.  Here in South Florida, the flood watch has been extended until Monday afternoon.
At 5 pm Sunday, Alberto was located near 28.0 North, 85.2 West, about 120 miles south of Apalachicola.  Alberto was moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour, with maximum sustained winds at 50 miles per hour.  Alberto has been struggling with dry air entering its circulation, but it still is expected to achieve tropical storm (warm core circulation) status before landfall.
South Florida can still expect to see additional tropical moisture from Alberto through at least Monday.  The potential exists for bands of heavy showers and storms to dump several inches of rain along the east coast and the Keys, do our flood watch has been extended into Monday.  But as we saw on Saturday night, the exact location of those bands can mean the difference between flooding rains and damaging winds in the metro area — or the heaviest weather remaining offshore.
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.