On its current forecast track, Alberto is expected to continue its slow journey north through the weekend until making a turn to the northwest Monday as it approaches the north-central Gulf coast, the hurricane center said. The National Hurricane Center is giving this region an 80 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm in the next five days. This would make Alberto a strong subtropical storm, although well short of the 74 miles per hour threshold for hurricane strength.
The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team has issued a SEVERE WEATHER FIRST ALERT for Saturday because of a severe weather threat from Alberto. Alberto comes ahead of schedule: the six-month hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1. Jordan Sawmiller of OH tells WALA-TV that he was approaching the water with caution in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.
Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida.
One of the biggest concerns with Alberto continued to be rain, and the potential for widespread flooding.
Latest satellite imagery and surface observations indicate that the storm, located east of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, has become better defined and thunderstorm activity has increased and become better organized. It became a tropical storm that meandered off the cast coast of Georgia and SC. This will be a weekend for fireworks for the Memorial Day weekend and unfortunately, it will be a washout for the majority of the Southeast. It will send a plume of tropical moisture towards the Gulf Coast for the weekend and that means very heavy rainfall is possible.
Forecast cones show the storm moving between Cuba and Mexico Saturday morning before heading toward the western Florida panhandle and the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Hazardous surf conditions are likely to develop along much of the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.
The National Weather Service has put out a call for spotters in western Carolina and the Piedmont to be on watch Sunday night and Monday for large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and even tornadoes.
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