Florida, Gulf prepare for subtropical storm Alberto

Florida, Gulf prepare for subtropical storm Alberto

Florida, Gulf prepare for subtropical storm Alberto

Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours. The system's located about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. Tropical Storm Bonnie followed in late May.

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The outlooks do provide decent generalized projections of storm numbers based on conditions in the tropics, and it makes sense that the more storms, the greater the chances for storm impacts.

Highest winds remained at 40 miles per hour. The storm has a minimum central pressure of 1005mb.

A hurricane hunter aircraft is expected to fly into the storm this afternoon. But the first one was named Andrew.

The National Hurricane Center announced Friday morning that Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea and is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.

The Government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Cabo Catoche. The models have come around to a north-eastern or central Gulf Coast landfall.

STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday
Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

The NHC also released detailed graphics tracking the storm's path to the USA mainland and its potential wind speeds.

The latest models have shifted the system farther to the left into parts of the MS and Alabama coast lines.

Weather officials are expecting flooding and rainfall in some locations that may be two to three times the usual expected rainfall for May.

Texas will get the sinking air on the outside of the tropical system which will result in even hotter temperatures next week.

Forecasters have noted that the flash flood watch may need to be expanded northward later. It is expected to produce 10 to 15 inches of rain across the northeastern region of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba with isolated areas seeing as much as 25 inches of rain.

Tropical Storm Alberto will bring rain to North Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend, but it appears the worst of it will hold off until Sunday night through Monday.

The National Hurricane Center map shows the cone-shaped area where the system is most likely to organize into a tropical or subtropical depression - again, in the Gulf away from Florida.

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