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2006-06-13 04:46:42

By Michael Peltier TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Alberto's chances of becoming the first hurricane of 2006 receded on Tuesday as it crept toward Florida, dumping heavy rain on the deserted coastline and shuttered homes. The storm's center was still over the Gulf of Mexico at 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT), but heavy winds and rains lashed northwest Florida, where officials had ordered thousands of residents to evacuate barrier islands, flood plains and trailer parks. At 5...

2006-06-13 01:38:52

By Robert Green ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Alberto weakened as it crept slowly toward Florida's coast on Tuesday, although forecasters said it could still become the year's first hurricane before reaching shore. The storm's center was still over the Gulf of Mexico at 2 a.m. EDT (0600 GMT), but heavy winds and rains were lashing Florida, where officials had ordered thousands of residents to evacuate barrier islands, flood plains and trailer parks. At 2 a.m.,...

2006-06-12 19:28:41

By Robert Green ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Alberto was on the verge of becoming the first hurricane of 2006 on Monday after it unexpectedly gained power over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and aimed at northwest Florida. Anxious officials ordered thousands of residents to evacuate barrier islands, flood plains and trailer parks as the storm's maximum sustained winds accelerated to near 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour), just shy of the 74 mph (119 kph)...

2006-06-12 18:26:43

By Robert Green ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Alberto was on the verge of becoming the first hurricane of 2006 on Monday after it unexpectedly gained power over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and aimed at northwest Florida. Anxious officials ordered thousands of residents to evacuate barrier islands, flood plains and trailer parks as the storm's maximum sustained winds accelerated to near 70 miles per hour (110 km per hour), just shy of the 74 mph (119 kph)...

2006-06-12 14:38:31

By Robert Green ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. forecasters warned on Monday that Tropical Storm Alberto could become the first hurricane of 2006 as it strengthened ominously over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and took aim at northwest Florida. The storm was about 155 miles south of Apalachicola, in Florida's panhandle, at 2 p.m. EDT, according to a bulletin from the U.S. National Hurricane Center, and mandatory evacuation orders were issued for residents in low-lying...

2006-06-12 12:55:10

Corrects day in first paragraph to Monday instead of Friday By Robert Green ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. forecasters warned on Monday that Tropical Storm Alberto could become the first hurricane of 2006 as it strengthened ominously over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and barreled toward northwest Florida. The storm was about 190 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, in Florida's panhandle, at 11 a.m. EDT, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center...

2006-06-12 12:58:14

By Robert Green ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - U.S. forecasters warned on Monday that Tropical Storm Alberto could become the first hurricane of 2006 as it strengthened ominously over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and barreled toward northwest Florida. The storm was about 190 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, in Florida's panhandle, at 11 a.m. EDT, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov). "Preparations to protect life and property...

2006-06-12 10:45:55

By Robert Green ST PETERSBURG, Florida (Reuters) - Forecasters issued a hurricane warning for much of Florida's Gulf Coast on Monday as Alberto, the first tropical storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, strengthened ominously and threatened to dump heavy rains on the state. The storm, centered near latitude 27.1 north and longitude 89.5 west in the Gulf of Mexico, was about 190 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola, in Florida's northwestern panhandle, at 11 a.m. EDT,...

2006-06-11 23:11:15

By Michael Connor MIAMI (Reuters) - The first tropical storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto, formed off Cuba on Sunday and appeared headed toward Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm, centered near latitude 25.3 north and longitude 87.7 west in the Gulf of Mexico, was about 385 miles southwest of Cedar Key on the west coast of Florida at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 GMT on Monday), according to the center's Web site (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov). Although it...

2006-06-11 16:56:48

By Michael Connor MIAMI (Reuters) - The first tropical storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season, Alberto, formed off Cuba on Sunday and appeared headed toward Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The storm, located during late afternoon near latitude 24.5 north and longitude 87.8 west in the Gulf of Mexico, was about 375 miles west of Key West, Florida, according to the center's Web site (http://www.nhc.noaa.gov). Alberto was a wake-up call for a new hurricane season...