Millions of people in the South are waking up in the middle of a powerful storm.along the Florida panhandle as a subtropical storm yesterday. Some areas got more than four inches of rain in 24 hours. Wind gusts of around 50 miles an hour knocked down trees and created large waves. The system is moving north, threatening Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina with heavy rain Tuesday.
At its height, tropical storm force winds extended 90 miles from Alberto's core. The violent storm upended trees, brought down powerlines and sent water from crashing waves spilling onto roads, reports CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez.
Within hours, one home was surrounded by water – showing the powerful effects of the storm's rain in such a short time. Empty beaches along the Florida Panhandle were standard throughout the holiday weekend. But the dangerous surf didn't stop a few dare-devil surfers from catching a last-minute wave.
"Until you get out past the breakers, it's like being in a washing machine… You get one good ride and it's worth it," Kyle Buck said.
But most beachgoers heeded the warnings and steered clear of the water, fearing dangerous rip currents. On the Atlantic Coast, the storm spawned tornadoes. One briefly touched down in the town of Stuart – destroying Peter Hill's trees, car and power line.
"I've been through two hurricanes: Francis and Jeanne, yuo know, and it was equal to that force," Hill said.
As the storm leaves the Gulf Coast, local threats of rip currents remain. Inland flooding is now the focus as the Alberto becomes a tropical depression. While most people there are thankful that the storm's impact wasn't catastrophic,still doesn't officially begin for another three days.