Alberto downgraded to tropical depression; 10 pm advisory

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Overnight, Subtropical Storm Alberto approaching the Florida panhandle slowed down to half its speed but didn't lose any of its strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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).

Forecasters said Alberto could bring life-threatening high water to southern coastal states when it slams an area from MS to western Georgia with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of rain and possible tornadoes.

"We're not expecting the season to be one of the most active on record", said Gerry Bell, lead hurricane season forecaster with NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

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Severe Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Ocean hurricane season - is bearing down on the southeastern U.S., as states of emergency have been declared along coastal regions.

Once Alberto is inland and deprived of the warm waters that fuel tropical weather systems, the storm was expected to steadily weaken. With maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (72 kph), Alberto was moving north at 9 miles per hour (14 kph).

Strong storms possible Thursday and Friday: As Alberto moves away, a different type of summertime weather pattern kicks in; that could deliver some intense summertime storms on Thursday and Friday.

The latest maps from the National Hurricane Center showed the storm at the centre of Alabama at 4am local time on Tuesday, it will then move through across Tennessee and IN on Wednesday. Isolated deluges of 12 inches were possible.

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A storm surge watch remains in effect for much of northern Florida, from the Suwannee to Navarre in the Panhandle. What had sprung up from the Gulf of Mexico as a subtropical storm was now a vast, soggy system trekking inland as it flung rain - heavy at times - all around the USA southeast.

The Tropical Storm Warning from the Aucilla River to the Okaloosa/Walton County line has been discontinued.

Royal Dutch Shell Plc was sending workers back to the eastern Gulf of Mexico and Chevron Corp restored some production on Monday after the storm's passage.

If that forecast holds, it would make for a near-normal or above-normal season. We will still see hit-and-miss showers and storms that could produce some heavier downpours.which will continue a flood threat, especially in North Carolina where the ground is saturated.

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