However, until Hermine made landfall in 2016, Florida had gone more than a decade without a direct hit from a major storm.
This lengthy lull came after two hyperactive hurricane seasons in 20, which together produced more than 40 named storms and 13 major hurricanes.
In southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, the storm could bring more than 8 inches of rain.
“Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall with a risk of flooding and flash flooding over western Cuba, the Florida Keys and South Florida [Sunday],” the National Hurricane Center warned.
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was expected to be near or above average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center.Continuing on its northward trajectory, Alberto could hit the Florida panhandle Sunday evening or Monday morning, according to Accu Weather.Alberto was expected to bring heavy rain and severe winds to Florida and other parts of the Gulf Coast.States of emergency have been declared in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama.Alberto marks the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which officially begins June 1.