Subtropical Storm Alberto Heads Toward Gulf Coast

Subtropical Storm Alberto Heads Toward Gulf Coast

This is the fourth consecutive year in which at least one storm has formed before the start of hurricane season on June 1. Alberto would mark the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season. They are watching closely along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, but there's still a lot of uncertainty. This means that any residual cold front that has tracked through the USA has the potential to dive south and for something to spin up and take on tropical characteristics. It boils down to technical characteristics of the storm and how it gets its energy.

As the system begins to slowly move north, showers and a few thunderstorms with heavy rain will gradually increase from the Keys into South Florida.

A tropical low is coming our way for the Memorial Day weekend. More details on potential Alberto, below.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

Weather models are pointing to Saturday evening through Monday as having the largest possibilities for tornadoes. This May has been anything BUT dry.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is now around 85 miles south/southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The wettest month is September with an average 8.49 inches of rain.

"There is a chance that Alberto could be a hurricane before it makes landfall", said meteorologist Andrew Kennedy. The weather service raised the rip current risk to high for Alabama and northwest Florida beaches and plan to keep that in place through the weekend.

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There's a broad area of low pressure near the Yucatan Peninsula with lots of convective activity.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas. Because of its slow movement, there will be a continuous flow of moisture into the region.

Sunday: Becoming windy with widespread rainfall and possible thunderstorms later in the day, depending on system's track.

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Chances of rain in the Raleigh and Charlotte areas are 20 to 40 percent on Saturday and Sunday.

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