The storm had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles per hour.
It's also worth pointing out that extremely heavy rain continues to fall over Cuba from a trailing moisture plume ... this is the fifth consecutive day.
"Instead of the more widespread rain that we saw on Sunday, were looking more at scattered thunderstorms for today (Monday), mostly in the afternoon", he said.
Subtropical Depression Alberto is bringing plenty of rain from the Gulf Coast all the way up through the Mid-Atlantic region as it makes progress to the north from Alabama. This means the potential for some heavy rains at times. "There's not going to be a lot of grilling or boating going on - it's going to be messy". "Rainfall in the eastern half of the Tennessee Valley - everything east of Chattanooga - has already got double the normal rainfall in the past week and even after Alberto moves north we're still looking at chances or rain every day this week". 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.
Along the Florida Panhandle coast known for its pristine beaches, tourists vowed Alberto wouldn't dampen their vacations. One to four hurricanes could be "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour.
Rain totals of up to 5 inches will be possible in parts of Tennessee and Kentucky over the next 60 hours, with totals of 1-3 inches of rain expected locally.
Otherwise, temperatures are very warm and quite muggy outside with most starting out in the mid 70s.
Wake County is under the watch from 1 a.m. on Monday through 8 a.m. on Tuesday along with Chatham, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Franklin, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties. North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper urged residents to take all precautions.
Four deadly hurricanes struck the United States previous year, killing at least 144 people and causing billions of dollars in damage, massive power outages and devastating hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses, according to the NHC. In some cases, rainfall could top 10 inches in pockets across the state.
Lifeguards posted red flags along the white sands of Pensacola Beach, where swimming and wading were banned amid high surf and unsafe conditions.
Forecasters warned of life-threatening surf conditions as Alberto approached the Florida Panhandle, where it was expected to make landfall later in the day.
Three states likely to bear the brunt of the storm, Florida, Mississippi and Alabama had declared emergencies ahead of Alberto.