Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

Michele Stevens
May 26, 2018

The immediate Tampa Bay area could experience tropical storm-force winds by Saturday morning, forecasters said, and conditions along the coast could become unsafe with high winds and rip currents. Heavy rain and some flooding will be possible for the west coast and South Florida as early as the start of the weekend, with the Central Gulf coast looking at impacts closer to the second half of the long holiday weekend.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) announced Friday morning that Alberto, the first named storm of the year, formed as a subtropical storm over the northwest Caribbean Sea.

A Tropical Storm watch has been issued for parts of the northern Gulf Coast of the United States from Indian Pass, Florida, westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center forecasts the storm to make landfall along the north central Gulf coast on Monday.

If the storm organizes into a closed low with winds less than 39 miles per hour, it will likely become our first tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, but that doesn't mean we won't see some action Saturday or Sunday.

Forecasters say a tropical weather system moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is strengthening.

Flood watches have already been established all throughout Alabama and Georgia, the National Hurricane Center reported. Storm total rainfall amounts may reach up to 6 to 8 inches in localized [areas] by Monday.

The center of the poorly organized system was situated a short distance off the east shore of the Yucatan Peninsula, moving slowly east at 2 miles per hour.

There's a 90percent chance that a tropical or subtropical depression or storm may hit the Gulf Coast over Memorial Day weekend. "Heavy rain from [the storm] is still likely to be its number one threat, though we may also need to be concerned with storm surge damage and wind damage if the storm does manage to over-achieve".

Memorial Day Weekend in North Alabama: Expect a good covering of heavy downpours on Friday: especially south of Huntsville.

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