The storm has been weakening all day in the Gulf of Mexico, but is still producing winds of about 50 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
The worst of the storm will impact Florida's gulf coast and northern panhandle, although Central Florida is also dealing with the storm. Isolated showers and storms are developing have been developing all afternoon, and will continue to do so, according to Channel 9 certified meteorologist George Waldenberger.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is getting closer to Florida's gulf coast.
According to Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie, the storm's winds have slowed to about 60 mph. It is slowly churning toward the Florida panhandle, and is expected to make landfall late Monday afternoon or early evening.
11am Alberto Update: Winds have slightly decreased to 60mph. Moving north at 8mph. Landfall expected just west of Panama City later this afternoon. pic.twitter.com/ptR705j2Rj
Tropical Storm Warnings continue for the panhandle to the big bend ahead of Alberto. Tropical storm conditions, winds greater than 40mph, will be felt well inland, even into Alabama. pic.twitter.com/tpFJAP3rF6
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for an area stretching from Florida's Suwannee River to the border of Alabama and Mississippi.
A storm surge watch remains in effect for much of northern Florida, from the Suwannee to Navarre in the Panhandle. A storm surge watch means life-threatening inundations are possible from rising water moving inland from the coast. Destin and Panama City Beach are within the watch area.
Subtropical Storm Alberto has gained an early jump on the 2018 hurricane season, heading toward expected landfall sometime Monday on the northern Gulf Coast.
Torrential rainfall and flooding are no longer in the forecast for Central Florida as Alberto tracks toward Panama City, according to WFTV meteorologist George Waldenberger.
Though the Atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially start until Friday, Alberto has become the first named storm this year, throwing disarray into long holiday weekend plans along Florida's Gulf Coast.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami said at 5 a.m. EDT Monday that Alberto was maintaining its strength as it approached the Florida panhandle and was centered about 125 miles south of Destin. The storm that was expected to make landfall later Monday had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.
Gov. Rick Scott released a statement asking Panhandle residents to be prepared.
“Updated information from the National Hurricane Center issued tonight suggests that Subtropical Storm Alberto is growing stronger and more dangerous,” Scott said. “Make your final preparations now. If you are ordered to evacuate, do so.”
The Hurricane Center said a tropical storm warning is in effect from the Suwannee River in Florida to the Mississippi-Alabama state line. A tropical storm warning was discontinued from Florida's Anclote River to the Suwannee River.