National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

National Hurricane Center: Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed, exactly one week before the official start of the season.

Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) early Friday and was located 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of Cozumel, Mexico. Winds will calm down on Memorial Day as Alberto moves onshore far to our north. As the center of circulation moves north of the Gulf Coast our rain chances will decrease, however, on and off showers should be expected through entire holiday.

Although the east side of the storm isn't expected to reach Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties, the storm's outer bands are expected to bring the area heavy rain, gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, strong rip currents and the possibility of tornadoes, according to a 3 p.m. briefing by the National Weather Service in Miami. Along with heavy rains and high winds comes rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana.

In the agency's latest update at 6:30 a.m. Friday, meteorologists said satellite images and surface observations indicate that the low pressure system, which is now located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea just east of the Yucatan Peninsula, has become better defined overnight, and thunderstorm activity has also increased and become better organized. A ridge of high pressure will build in from the southwest, producing the hottest weather of the year so far.

Tropical Storm

Tropical Storm Alberto will bring rain to North Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend, but it appears the worst of it will hold off until Sunday night through Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region. A storm of this type is not unusual for this time period and region. The tropical storm may bring some rain to our area, but very minimal.

"Once the soil is completely saturated, it can only hold so much water, and that's when you get flooding", said Rodney Wynn, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

The National Hurricane Centre said the early development does not necessarily mean we are in for a busy hurricane season.


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