According to the National Weather Service's update at 1 a.m. early Monday, the storm was traveling northwest at 9 miles per hour, on a more direct path toward Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Maximum sustained winds remain at 65 miles per hour.

 

UPDATE FROM 1 A.M. ADVISORY

Alberto remained on the same path, at the same strength, at the same speed and headed in the same direction, according to the National Hurricane Center's 1 a.m. update.

The storm is expected to make landfall around noon today. The current center of the projected path is between Destin and Miramar Beach.

Maximum sustained winds are 65 miles per hour. The center of the storm is moving northwest at 9 miles per hour.

 

UPDATE FROM 10 P.M. ADVISORY

Alberto did not strengthen during the past three hours, but the storm's projected path continues to slide west.

The center of the storm's cone now runs through the Destin, Miramar Beach area and just east of Niceville.

The storm's center continues to the northwest, but it has slowed to 9 mph. Winds remain at 65 mph.

ORIGINAL STORY

Even with subtropical storm Alberto heading for the Panhandle, most locals and visitors alike were not letting it spoil their Memorial Day weekend on Sunday.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Ryan Rogers said the storm would be "coming very close to shore" around 8 a.m. Monday and make landfall around noon.

"The main impact will be heavy rain, but our biggest concern is the rip currents," Rogers said Sunday afternoon. "Even after the storm, the swells are still traveling our direction creating rip currents. We're doing our best to get that message out."

According to the National Weather Service's update at 4 p.m. Sunday, the storm was traveling at 12 miles per hour and turned slightly northwest on a more direct path toward Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties with no change in strength. An Air Force hurricane hunter aircraft found stronger winds in Alberto of about 65 mph Sunday night.

On Sunday afternoon, the crowds were out at the beaches despite the double red flags. While the water was closed to the public, a few took their boards out to the waves. Some kept close to the shore, just getting ankle deep.

Alexis Trefry spent her morning on Navarre Beach surfing the waves. The former Californian and now Gulf Breeze resident said she's used to bigger waves and made sure to take precautions that included using her board leash.

"This is kind of a California-size wave out here," she said. "I thought, 'Hmm ... I'm gonna do what I can out here.'"

Janet Rhumes of Kansas and a group of friends had planned their Memorial Day vacation on Navarre Beach since October. The impending storm didn't stop them.

"We've never seen one (storm) before and we're here celebrating a friend's 20th birthday," Rhumes said. "So how often can you say you rode a storm out? We were on the beach Friday and Saturday and we'll make the most of today."

Rhumes said they've already prepared for the storm by stocking up on groceries.

"We're going to play cards and if there's a break, we'll head down to the beach," she said. "We'll hang out and see how it goes."

It was a similar scene on Okaloosa Island with double-red flags and still a small number of folks trying to catch a wave on surf, boogie or skim boards.

Michele Turner of Kentucky closely watched her daughter and granddaughter splash around the shoreline. She said the two were not allowed to get much further than their ankles.

"We knew it was coming but thought we'd at least get a few good days in," she said. "We come here every year, it's beautiful out today."

Turner said she's not so frightened by a storm, even if it's subtropical. If the weather is bad, they can go out to eat or watch the beach from their condo.

"I lived in San Diego," she said. "We had earthquakes."

There were multiple Memorial Day cancellations, and Gulf Power said it had crews on standby to deal with power outages.

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