Alberto: Tropical storm sees thousands from Florida coast

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At 11 was 130 miles west southwest of Tampa. It's moving north at 14 miles per hour (22 kph), and has top sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 kph). "Tropical and subtropical storms are still life-threatening, especially due to water, but water-related deaths are preventable".

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the Mississippi/Alabama border to the Aucilla River in Florida. A high surf warning was in effect through 7 p.m. Tuesday local time.

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On Sunday night, a broken line of thunderstorms is expected to move into the Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. High tides will occur this afternoon and very early Monday morning.

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

"This is jogging more to the east and will hit the Florida panhandle", said NWS Weather Prediction Center's Patrick Burke, cited by Reuters. He said Alberto's biggest threat will be its heavy rains, with forecasts of anywhere from four to 12 inches (10-30 centimeters) of rain in some areas.

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The Florida Keys and south Florida are forecast to receive 3 to 6 inches of additional rain while the rest of the state is expected to experience 1 to 4 inches. A Flood Watch continues for much of the holiday weekend.

A few tornadoes are also possible across the Florida peninsula Sunday.

"The primary effects we will see from this storm in west central and southwest Florida will be heavy rainfall, isolated thunderstorms, gusty winds, and unsafe marine conditions", the weather service forecast said.

Authorities say conditions are especially unsafe with flooding rains coming overnight and on a holiday weekend when many people have outdoor plans. Isolated areas could see as much as 15 inches.

The system developed Friday morning near the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Although the center of the system will stay away from us, it will funnel in deep tropical moisture along the eastern seaboard.

It is the first named storm of the season, with 21 other names still to be used, including Beryl, Ernesto, Kirk, Nadine and Rafael.