Sunday night, Subtropical Storm Alberto slowed down to half its speed while approaching the Florida Panhandle, and it began to lose some of its strength Monday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Around 4 p.m. Monday, Alberto was moving about 9 mph — up from 6 mph early Monday morning, but down from 14 mph and then 12 mph on Sunday — with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph, down from 65 mph in the morning. At that time, it was about 15 miles west-northwest of Panama City, Fla.
The storm made landfall near Laguna Beach, Fla. bringing heavy rain and flash flooding to much of the panhandle.
In a Facebook live video, National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham explained new updates on the storm shortly after 11 a.m., including rainfall that would affect much of South Carolina and North Carolina. The Lowcountry appeared to be spared from the worst of it on various charts and maps from the center.
Weather pushed ahead of the storm canceled or rearranged some Memorial Day events in Beaufort County, including the Beaufort Memorial Day Parade and the Hilton Head Island Council of the Navy League's 25th Annual Memorial Day Remembrance.
Another bout of rain came through the area before dawn on Monday, affecting northern coastal Georgia and up through the Lowcountry.
One inch or less of rain is expected to fall in the Lowcountry throughout the day on Monday.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Charleston expect a chance of thunderstorms through Thursday, with the highest likelihood of precipitation — 50 percent — on Wednesday and Thursday. Otherwise, the chance of thunderstorms or showers remains at 30 or 40 percent throughout much of the week.
The risk of flash flooding was only marginal — 5 percent — in the Lowcountry as of Monday morning. The Florida Panhandle, a good portion of Alabama and western Georgia are dramatically more at risk for flash flooding with this storm.
Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-80s during the day and the mid-70s at night this week, and the wind should be less than 15 mph but as low as 7 mph on Wednesday. Clouds are inevitable throughout the week.
Luckily, there does seem to be an end in sight for the gray skies. Sunday, though still several days out, is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high near 88. There is still a 30 percent chance of showers or a thunderstorm on Sunday, but we'll take the silver lining.