Alberto maintains strength as it approaches US Gulf Coast

This is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

GETTYThis is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

Elsewhere, the North Carolina Highway Patrol said, a large tree toppled on a news television vehicle Monday near Tryon, North Carolina. The storm is also pushing rain bands towards the coast, Gardner said, so there could be some heavy rain there as well.

Subtropical Storm Alberto has made landfall, bringing with it a path of destruction. Your 7 Day Forecast keeps rain chances around for the rest of the week, but very much scattered in nature tomorrow, and mainly inland by Thursday and Friday. But forecasters said it will dump heavy rain on parts of the Florida Panhandle, Alabama and Georgia, raising the risk of flash flooding. Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned due to high surf and unsafe conditions. While he says some people are wading along the water's edge, others are taking refuge in bars and restaurants. The storm was moving north at 6 miles per hour with winds that remained at 65 miles per hour. The reason the storm has the "sub" prefix is due to the system showing qualities of both a tropical system (warmest part of system is in center) along with qualities of a more traditional cyclone (while weak, it has fronts circulating around it).

The storm is expected to spin up multiple tornadoes as it marches inland after making landfall this afternoon. It is still predicted to bring extremely heavy rain, gusty winds and, just east of where the center makes landfall, a rise in ocean water of up to several feet above normally dry land.

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Six people were rescued from strong currents created by Alberto near southern Alabama's Orange Beach, near Pensacola, early Sunday, according to WPMI. A tropical storm warning remained in effect stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.

Much of central North Carolina will be under a flash flood watch effective Monday at 1 a.m. and lasting into Tuesday as subtropical storm Alberto passes to the west.

Lawmakers are warning this is only the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Tennant did not directly blame rain that fell Monday from the fringes of Alberto for the deaths.

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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.

Elsewhere, Florida's Division of Emergency Management said about 2,600 customers were without power for a time in northwestern Florida on Monday.

At 06:00 GMT, Alberto was located about 90km south of Cozumel, Mexico, with maximum sustained winds of 65km/h.

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Shortly before 2 p.m. ET, Alberto was creeping toward the coast.

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