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Subtropical storm Alberto ruins Memorial Day weekend

Subtropical storm Alberto ruins Memorial Day weekend

The Gulf system, whatever form it takes, will draw deep tropical moisture from the Caribbean directly over the peninsula beginning late Friday and increasing over the Memorial Day weekend.

According to a 10 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Alberto formed at around 9 a.m. Friday and is expected to become a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday.

A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center.

While the track of Alberto seems fairly set at this point, how the storm's intensity develops will be important in how our weather plays out this weekend. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

Heavy rains from the Gulf of Mexico spawned flooding in the Southeastern states ahead of what forecasters said Wednesday could become the year's first tropical storm just as tourist season begins.

Update 11 a.m.: The first forecast models are in from the NHC, and they show Alberto avoiding South Florida.

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the western end of the Caribbean. Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

Areas along the coast can expect 3-6 inches of rain, with even more expected in the coastal Carolinas and southern Florida. At the most recent information available from NOAA, the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio and areas of Mexico from Tulum to Cabo Catoche should monitor Alberto for the next 24 hours.

Heavy rain from Alberto is expected to spread northward and affect the northern Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.

Heavy rain and rip currents are the main threats for now.

The differences between a subtropical storm and tropical storm are technical, said Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King.

As much as 7 inches of rain is possible in south Florida, where some areas had more than 14 inches of rain last weekend. All areas east of the Mississippi River across the Southeast have a chance to see flooding due to Alberto from this weekend into at least mid-week next week.

Weather models are pointing to Saturday evening through Monday as having the largest possibilities for tornadoes.


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