Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to make landfall on Monday afternoon near Pensacola, Florida, ABC News reported. The storm forced the governors of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi to declare states of emergency on Sunday, as heavy rains and high winds buffeted the southeastern corner of the country.
More than 13,000 Florida homes and businesses lost power on Monday due to the intense weather, and Florida's Franklin County issued mandatory evacuations for anyone living along the shore "in mobile homes and recreational vehicle parks," The Weather Channel reported. In the adjacent Taylor County, there were voluntary evacuations for those living in coastal regions as well as low-lying areas that are more prone to flooding.
Alberto is four days ahead of the official start of the hurricane season on June 1. After making landfall, the subtropical storm is expected to weaken as it heads north, pushing heavy rains into Georgia, North and South Carolina, and Alabama by Tuesday. Even after the storm clears, waters along the Gulf Coast are expected to be rough, posing a risk for beachgoers.