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

Disturbance could bring heavy rains for Memorial Day Weekend

Disturbance could bring heavy rains for Memorial Day Weekend

A tropical system threatening to become Alberto, the season's first named storm, continued to become better defined early Friday. It was moving north-northeast at 6 miles per hour, with winds of 40 miles per hour.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first storm of the Atlantic season, which doesn't officially start for another week.

Yesterday, the National Hurricane Center released its 2018 hurricane forecast, and they expect 2018 to be an "active season", with between 10 to 16 named storms, five to nine of which being hurricanes.

Forecasters and officials have warned for days that, regardless of tropical development, this system could dump up to 8 inches of rain on our already saturated state.

At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.

Portions of the northern Gulf Coast are likely to experience tropical storm force winds and storm surge. Through Monday, we may see rainfall totals ranging from 3 to 5 inches with some isolated higher amount of 6 to 7 inches possible.

A tropical storm watch was issued Friday for the northern Gulf Coast from Indian Pass, Florida westward to the metropolitan New Orleans, as well as for Mexico, from popular cruise destination Tulum to Cabo Catoche. A reconnaissance flight is scheduled to fly in and investigate this low-pressure Friday afternoon. Effects here locally will primarily be heavy, at times, significant rainfall.

Meteorologists keeping track of a Caribbean disturbance forecast a 100-percent chance of soggy buns if your holiday weekend involves any sort of outdoor grilling.

A high rip current risk means the water will be risky for all levels of swimmers. Wind gusts and rough seas are also expected to increase on Saturday, with possible tornadoes over the weekend. The system is not expected to directly impact Virginia, until maybe the end of next week.

Models show the storm making landfall along the north Gulf Coast between the Florida Panhandle and Louisiana.

If that were to happen it would put Alabama on the east side and more likely to get heavy rain.

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