Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

  • Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

The hurricane center confirmed Friday morning the storm met the classification criteria, becoming the first tropical system of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

Depending on the exact track and strength, while it's not expected to become a hurricane, we could see tropical storm force winds in spots, minor storm surge and even some severe thunderstorms.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula through Saturday.

At 11 a.m. PDT on Friday, Alberto was 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, with sustained winds of 40 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. However it is not expected to become a hurricane. Forecasters say if the system makes landfall on the Gulf Coast, it will likely be on Sunday or Monday.

Alberto is the first named tropical weather system of the hurricane season. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled to fly in and investigate this low-pressure Friday afternoon.

The rest of the state can also expect rain, though in the range of 2 to 4 inches.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

"The slow movement of the storm can allow heavy rain to persist over a part of the southeast through most of next week".

Another great resource would be the National Weather Service in Mobile.

Forecasters said that models take it northward through Sunday, and some of them turn it to the northwest by late Sunday with a track taking it near the Mississippi Sound.

But the storm's reach extends far to the north and east, over Cuba and South Florida. Saturday rain is scheduled to be off and on throughout the day, potentially starting the flooding McMichael warned about. A ridge of high pressure will build in from the southwest, producing the hottest weather of the year so far.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region. "There could be some possible high surf with hazardous high risk of rip currents along the beaches".

As you may have guessed, beach and boating weather will be far from ideal and even unsafe over the holiday weekend. Those currents can sweep swimmers out to sea.