SC faces heavy rain due to storm

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As for Alabama, the National Weather Service was expecting heavy rain and gusty winds to affect a large part of the state through the day, with the eastern side of the state feeling those effects the most.

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that starts June 1 - prompted Florida, Alabama and MS to launch emergency preparations Saturday.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties, starting at 6 a.m. Sunday. Only.13 inches had fallen at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport through 5 p.m. Saturday, but almost 6 inches has fallen so far this month, about three times the normal amount. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River. "We're talking eight to 12 inches of rain this weekend, and storm surges on the Gulf Coast".

Flood watch in effect for South Florida as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads north

Here in the Bay State, meteorologist Matt Doody with the National Weather Service in Boston said the remnants of Alberto will likely be seen as early as next week.

On Monday, Alberto is expected to make landfall tomorrow in the Panhandle of Florida before quickly weakening. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm conditions are expected with winds sustained at 39 miles per hour or greater.

Parts of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have already seen heavy rain this week, and further deluges could leave those areas vulnerable to flash flooding and river flooding.

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The Savannah River is expected to flood near Clyo, Georgia as early as Monday morning and the effects are forecast to be seen in Jasper and Hampton counties in SC, according to a news release from the City of Hardeeville. Like residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties, people in Gulfport, Mississippi, lined up to fill sandbags.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 2 a.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was maintaining its strength as it approached the Florida panhandle and was centered about 115 miles south-southwest of Panama City.

Alberto's projected storm track has shifted eastward since Friday, lessening its threat to the active oil production areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The heaviest rain will remain well east of us. It is showing signs of transitioning to something more tropical as deeper convection has developed near the center.

Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season that officially starts June 1.

Stay with Storm Team 3 as we track Alberto this holiday weekend and be sure to download the free WSAV weather app.

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