Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf

If it upgrades into a tropical storm with winds at or greater than 39 miles per hour, it will receive the name "Alberto".

This system may become a tropical depression over the next few days.

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

Subtropical Storm Alberto is projected to make landfall between Pensacola and New Orleans late Monday morning, three full days before traditional hurricane season begins on June 1.

One of the biggest concerns with Alberto continued to be rain, and the potential for widespread flooding. An average hurricane season -- June 1 to November 30 -- produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

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

A visible satellite image of the cluster of thunderstorms forecasters are watching for signs of tropical storm development.

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains disorganized and nearly stationary near the island of Cozumel off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Tropical storm and storm surge watches could be required for portions of the area later today or tonight.

Alberto it is: First named tropical system chugs toward Gulf

At the very least, several inches of torrential rain are likely across the Gulf states east of Texas.

An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate.

A FLOOD WATCH will take effect Saturday afternoon and extend through Sunday.

The NHC said people along the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of Alberto.

The National Hurricane Center sees an 90 percent likelihood that a tropical system will form in the Gulf of Mexico before the Memorial Day weekend. Texas, as well as the rest of the western Gulf, will be left out of any of the tropical rains. Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas, reported.

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

It is forecast to dump about 10-15 inches of rain across those regions, with upwards of 25 inches possible, and produce flash flooding for Mexico, Cuba and the Keys before turning to the northwest and approaching the Alabama-Mississippi border by Monday morning.

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