ATLANTA - Alberto, now a subtropical depression, is expected to bring more heavy rainfall to Georgia Tuesday, raising the risk of flooding, along with the possibility of isolated severe storms.
Alberto made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Florida Monday, where white sandy beaches emptied of their usual Memorial Day crowds. Rain has been falling in parts of north Georgia since early Monday morning and more rain will continue.
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, Alberto was moving north at 12 mph with top sustained winds of 30 mph. Early Tuesday afternoon, it was swirling near Birmingham with heavy downpours reducing visibility for motorists, and a number of toppled trees were blocking roads south of the city.
The U.S. Golf Association canceled a practice round of the U.S. Women's Open Championship, being played at Shoal Creek, because of the weather.
The National Hurricane Center said that Alberto's core made landfall on Monday at Laguna Beach, Florida, about 10 miles northwest of Panama City Beach, Florida. Forecasters say 2"-5" of rain fell across the Florida Panhandle, causing minor flooding in some low-lying areas.
The storm will continue to be a big rainmaker for north Georgia as bands of tropical downpours bring repeated rounds of heavy rain through the region. With the potential for an additional 1"-3" of rain, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until 8 a.m. Wednesday
In addition to the heavy rain, there is now a concern for severe storms Tuesday across north Georgia. This means we can't rule out a brief spin-up tornado or damaging winds during this time - mainly during the afternoon/early evening hours. Either way, with the saturated ground, it won't take much to knock down trees between now and Tuesday night.
It will be important to check in frequently with the FOX 5 Storm Team and use your FOX 5 Storm Team app to track when breaks may happen or when rain and lightning may threaten your area.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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