Thousands Evacuate as Tropical Storm Alberto Approaches Florida Coast

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(From BBC News)

Thousands have been evacuated from the coast of Florida as the region braces for subtropical storm Alberto.

Anticipated to make landfall on Monday, Alberto is the first storm ahead of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which formally starts on 1 June.

It will bring heavy rain and winds of 100kmh (65mph) across southern states, the US National Hurricane Center said.

It was centred about 185km (115 miles) south-west of Florida’s Panama City, at 01:00 CET (6:00GMT).

It is forecast to drop as much as 30cm (12in) of rain across Mississippi to western Georgia and to bring storm swells of about 60-120cm (2-4ft) to low-lying areas.

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