Alberto not quite the powerhouse forecasters were predicting

Tropical Storm Alberto made landfall June 13 south of Tallahassee, Fla., with far less punch than had earlier been forecast.

The storm -- the first of what could be a long and active season, according to forecasters -- never did make it to hurricane strength, although it dumped heavy rains in its wake across the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy rains and the threat of isolated tornadoes remained real concerns even after Alberto came ashore.

Due to Tropical Storm Alberto, Spirit Airlines activated its Hurricane Buster Protection policy, waiving its $50 change fee and the difference in fares for customers originally booked to travel between June 12 and June 14 in and out of Tampa.

However, customers must rebook and travel by June 20; those who want to move their travel dates beyond June 20 will not be charged the $50 service fee, but any differences in fares will apply. For more information, visit

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