Remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto could bring rain, storms to Pa.

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Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, made landfall around 4 p.m. Monday near Laguna Beach, Florida.

Shortly before 5 p.m. ET, Alberto was moving north at near 9 miles per hour, the NHC said.

In North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist were killed instantly on Monday while covering the weather, when a tree became uprooted from rain-soaked ground and toppled onto their SUV, authorities said.

The rest of the mid-week period will remain unsettled as what's left of Alberto continues to drift north.

"It's not a good sign, getting hit by a storm before hurricane season", Husar told the Panama City News Herald.

For those who wish to dip their toes in the water this week, be warned: Strong breezes will produce above-normal waves, ranging from 2 to 4 feet, and unsafe rip currents through midweek, forecasters said.

And just as the long holiday weekend marked summer's unofficial start in the U.S., Alberto gave it the unofficial start of what forecasters recently predicted would be an active hurricane season. Particularly after an especially damaging 2017 season where the cumulative damages from three major storms that made landfall in the USA likely in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said. In addition, Ivey called upon the Alabama National Guard's High Water Evacuation Team to support the southern parts of the state.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said in an advisory issued at 8 a.m. EDT that the storm's center was located about 100 miles (165 kilometers) south-southeast of Destin, Florida, and moving north at 6 mph (9 kph).

The risk of flash flooding was only marginal -5 percent- in the Lowcountry as of Monday morning. On average, the Columbia area receives almost 45 inches of rain annually.

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Mark Bowen, the Bay County Emergency management director, said Alberto's biggest threat would be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10 to 30 centimeters) of rain in some areas. "Hazardous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast beginning Sunday".

Also, it's possible Alberto's rain bands could produce the occasional tornado.

The remnants of Alberto doused the Deep South with waves of rain Tuesday as the vast, soggy system pushed northward toward the Tennessee Valley.

Multiple warnings were issued across the Gulf Coast of the United States in preparation for Alberto's arrival.

The storm will bring powerful winds and heavy rains as it moves into the Tennessee Valley today and tomorrow, the hurricane center said.

"I strongly encourage everyone to be safe and stay informed", Mayor LaToya Cantrell said in a statement.

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

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

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