Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Gulf of Mexico

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in Gulf of Mexico

Heavy rainfall is expected from western Cuba to Florida an through the northeast Gulf Coast through the weekend. When it arrives, forecast models suggest it will spin up into at least a tropical depression and maybe even the hurricane season's first named tropical storm.

The NHC 6:30 a.m. CST update stated thunderstorm activity associated with the storm has also increased and become better organized. It does look like conditions will be favorable for some development as it moves into the Gulf Of Mexico.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain to the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast throughout the weekend. But Julie Hilton said people are canceling because of the weather and room reservations are down about 20 percent. A storm of this type is not unusual for this time period and region.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Alberto could have sustained winds of 65 miles per hour - not far from hurricane-force - by Monday when it is approaching the coast near Mobile, Ala., and Biloxi, Miss. This broad surface low-pressure system is battling some high wind shear and interacting with land, most of the convection associated with this system is to the east of the center.

Subtropical Storm Alberto officially formed around 10 a.m. just off the Yucatán Peninsula in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, which means the system has picked up a noticeable rotation and kicked up winds topping 39 miles per hour.

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Tropical storm watches are in effect for Tulum to Cabo Catoche, Mexico, and the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. The coastal Carolinas and southern Florida are expected to have more rain. "Extreme" flood watches have already been issued beginning Saturday for counties from Mobile to Okaloosa.

Though the start of June is said to usher in the Atlantic hurricane season, the previous years had gotten earlier starts: Arlene in April 2017 and Alex in January 2016.

The storm is pushing a massive amount of tropical moisture into Florida, setting of a very wet Memorial Day weekend, especially Sunday and Monday.

"The flood risk is not expected to end with Memorial Day".

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