HAVANA, Cuba – Subtropical Storm Alberto dumped 12 centimetres of rain on Cuba’s Artemisa region in less than eight hours, as it made its way north through the Gulf Coast yesterday.

Alberto formed in the Gulf of Mexico last Friday, ahead of the June 1 official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. It now threatens to batter the Gulf of Mexico coast with heavy rains and storm surge.

The storm’s heavy rains forced some areas in Cuba to be evacuated.

Late this afternoon, the centre of Alberto was making landfall near Laguna Beach, Florida, with heavy rainfall and flash flooding occurring over parts of the Florida panhandle.