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Subtropical Storm Alberto forms; watches issued for U.S., Mexico, Cuba

26 May, 2018, 17:00 | Author: Ted Wilson
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"Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding are possible for portions of South FL this weekend", the National Weather Service said. Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but a tropical storm does occasionally form before then, including the past three hurricane seasons.

The hurricane center confirmed Friday morning the storm met the classification criteria, becoming the first tropical system of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. But because the most destructive storms' names are retired, this year we won't have Sandy.

Whether or not the disturbance develops into something more, South Florida will likely see a lot of rain and wind over the next few days.

The Gulf is particularly warm right now, so there's a slight chance Alberto could intensify to hurricane strength if it spends enough time over warm water, according to Norcross.

It is expected to strengthen over the weekend in the Gulf of Mexico as a tropical storm, and make landfall somewhere east of New Orleans on Memorial Day, possibly near Biloxi, Mississippi.

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UPDATE: Alberto is 2018's first named tropical system

The storm, which by Friday morning had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, is expected to slow down when it reaches land, prolonging heavy rain. Rip currents are also expected on both coasts, the Miami weather office said.

Now spinning off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, forecasters named the subtropical storm "Alberto," which is the first of 21 names the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has on its list of possible storm names for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The area has already received a significant amount of rainfall this month - including tremendous downpours Thursday evening.

The 1 p.m. update on Subtropical Storm Alberto from the National Hurricane Center says the story is still almost stationary.

Several inches of rain will be possible across Central Georgia Sunday into Monday as outer rain bands move into the area.

A FLOOD WATCH will take effect Saturday afternoon and extend through Sunday.

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