Hurricane Warning Issued for Alberto

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TAMPA, Fla. Jun 12, 2006 (AP)— A hurricane warning was issued for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast on Monday as the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season gained strength as it headed toward the state, forecasters said.

The warning from Longboat Key near Sarasota to the Ochlockonee River south of Tallahassee means Tropical Storm Alberto was expected to produce hurricane conditions within the next 24 hours. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Longboat Key to Englewood.

At 11 a.m. EDT, Alberto winds had increased to 70 mph, up from 50 mph just three hours earlier. It was centered about 190 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola and was moving north-northeast at about 7 mph, National Hurricane Center forecasters said.