Tropical storm watches issued ahead of Alberto

Path of Subtropical Storm Alberto as of Saturday

Path of Subtropical Storm Alberto as of Saturday

Its center was 95 miles west of the western tip of Cuba.

The National Hurricane Center said Friday that a low pressure system in the northwestern Caribbean Sea has become better defined overnight and could be a tropical depression or storm by Saturday.

Rain chances are at 70 percent to 80 percent for portions of Florida throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service told Newsweek that Alberto is expected to make landfall Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The new location closer to Florida also implies that the center of the storm may come close enough to the west coast of the state, including the Tampa Bay area, to cause risky winds and some storm surge. "Rainfall amounts of 5 to 8 inches, and possibly locally up to double these amounts are possible in this area with this event", the NWS said.

For Central Florida, the biggest threat will be heavy rainfall.

Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm
Earliest reasonable arrival time of tropical storm

Because of it's poor organization and some cooler temperatures in the upper levels of the atmosphere, Alberto has been designated a subtropical storm. This includes the western Florida Panhandle, the Alabama and MS coastline and metro New Orleans.

Subtropical storm Alberto is forecast to move northward into the Gulf Of Mexico over the weekend, with its center passing west of Cuba, the Florida Keys and mainland Florida - and setting its sights on eastern Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.

A tropical storm watch is in effect from Louisiana to the Panhandle of Florida.

With Alberto moving closer to our area, coastal locations have been put under Tropical Storm Warnings until the storm moves away.

Rip Currents: Moderate risk today and high risk Sunday and Monday as onshore winds and seas increase. According to NWS forecasts, scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely until Wednesday and are expected to clear out by Wednesday night.

The National Hurricane Center defines subtropical storm as a "subtropical cyclone" in which the maximum sustained wind speed - using the USA one-minute average - is 39 miles per hour or higher. The same goes for Memorial Day; however, at no point through at least Monday does it look like we will have all-day, plan-cancelling rain and storms. Alberto comes ahead of schedule: the six-month hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1.

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