Subtropical Storm Alberto forms off coast of Mexico, forecasters say

Cesar Mills
May 26, 2018

If the storm becomes a rotating system with 39 miles per hour winds, it would take on the name Alberto and be the first of the 10 to 16 named storms predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this year.

"However, once over water, it should develop into an organised tropical or subtropical storm system during the weekend".

This Memorial Day weekend, anyone seeking nice weather should avoid South Florida and the Gulf Coast.

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. The biggest threat appears at time time to be heavy rain and possible flooding.

A hurricane center map shows Alberto approaching the Gulf Coast on Monday, somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle. The tropical storm may bring some rain to our area, but very minimal.

At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 19.7 North, longitude 86.8 West.

An area of low pressure near Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula could morph into a tropical storm in the coming days. Tropical storm and storm surge watches could be required for portions of this area later today or tonight. The system is not expected to directly impact Virginia, until maybe the end of next week.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

4 p.m. A tropical storm watch went up for the north-central Gulf Coast on Friday as Subtropical Storm Alberto meandered across the northwest Caribbean Sea before an anticipated march toward the northern Gulf Coast. The models have come around to a north-eastern or central Gulf Coast landfall.

Per NHC, an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the disturbance Friday afternoon, if necessary.

"Its mostly looking like a heavy rain event", National Weather Service meteorologist John McMichael said.

Here is a historical plot of some of the systems that became tropical storms before June 1.

As much as 7 inches of rain is possible in south Florida, where some areas had more than 14 inches of rain last weekend.

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

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