ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Alberto, now a tropical depression, made landfall on Laguna Beach in Florida Monday afternoon.
It pushed north into Alabama, leaving thousands of citizens there with no electricity. At 7:00 am, approximately 14,500 Alabama Power customers are without service in central Alabama.
Many of the outages are the result of trees and limbs falling into power lines in the strong winds earlier this morning. The majority of those outages are concentrated in the following areas:
Montgomery - 7200 customers
Elmore County - 2790 customers
Prattville - 1500 customers
Remaining outages are widely scattered in the areas of Alexander City, Camden, Clanton, Union Springs, Fort Deposit, Tallassee, and Auburn.
Dougherty County's Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas has declared a State of Emergency because of potential flooding in the Albany area.
If you would like to track river levels, you can do so here.
Alberto moved inland and is weakening. This system has been downgraded to a Subtropical Depression. Max sustained winds are now at 30 mph and its moving NNW at 13 mph across Alabama.
Winds will continue to decrease through the day as it moves from Alabama into Tennessee.
Outer feeder bands continue to push rain across South Georgia.
Rain is likely to be heavy at times. There is a marginal risk of strong to severe storms across our northern counties today.
Currently, a flash flood watch is in effect for Clay, Clay, Decatur, Early, Miller, Quitman, Seminole, Baker, Calhoun, Dougherty, Lee, Randolph, and Terrell counties through Tuesday evening.
Sumter, Stewart, Webster, Crisp and Dooly counties are under a flash flood watch until Wednesday morning.
Rain totals across Southwest Georgia are expected to be between 1 and 3 inches with isolated spots getting over 4 inches.
Winds are expected around 15-20 miles per hour with gusts to around 25 mph and higher.
There is still a potential for heavy rain today. Rain chances will hold through the week.
The official start of hurricane season is Friday, June 1.
Have your NOAA Weather Radio programmed with fully-charged batteries available.
If you have to travel, make sure to check the weather conditions, watches, warnings, and advisories before venturing out the door.
Review your severe weather plan and know what you should do if a severe storm or tornado is near you.
If you don't feel comfortable riding out a storm where you live, make a plan regarding when you would leave your home and where you would go.