Preseason Alberto: First named storm arrives early

Preseason Alberto: First named storm arrives early

In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core.

"However, once over water, it should develop into an organised tropical or subtropical storm system during the weekend".

Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first named tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Friday.

He expected the heaviest rain to hold off until late Saturday and linger until perhaps Tuesday. Alberto comes ahead of schedule: the six-month hurricane season doesnt begin until June 1. Heavy rain and some flooding will be possible for the west coast and South Florida as early as the start of the weekend, with the Central Gulf coast looking at impacts closer to the second half of the long holiday weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains disorganized and nearly stationary near the island of Cozumel off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

STORM SURGE: The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the system, now centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula, is becoming better defined.

On Friday, Alberto met the minimum requirements for earning a name, having reached sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. "Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding are possible for portions of South FL this weekend", the National Weather Service said. Essentially, the characteristics of a subtropical system mean it lacks the punch to quickly increase in strength and become a hurricane. The models have come around to a north-eastern or central Gulf Coast landfall. For more information, consult products from your local weather office.

The slow-moving storm will also dump heavy rain across much of the southeastern United States through Memorial Day weekend. Since May 14, most of Marion County has racked up 9.29 inches of rain, about 7 inches above normal, and most of Alachua County has tallied about 5.38 inches, or about 3.5 inches above normal for May. It became a tropical storm that meandered off the cast coast of Georgia and SC.

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