Subtropical Storm Alberto to bring rain for the holiday

Geneva Stokes
May 26, 2018

TAMPA— The first tropical system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed in the Caribbean and threatens to drench the Tampa Bay area with heavy rains and potential flooding over the Memorial Day weekend.

Subtropical storms usually don't become as intense as tropical storms or hurricanes.

Subtropical Storm Alberto developed Friday morning and is located about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico.

Alberto - which formed about 55 miles southwest of Cozumel, Mexico - is now moving north-northeast over the northwestern Caribbean Sea just east of the Yucatan Peninsula at 6 mph with a central pressure of 1005 millibars.

With the storm's winds already reaching 40 miles per hour, officials say that it is strengthening, and the biggest threat is "heavy rain and rip current".

The National Hurricane Center officially designated a low in the Gulf of Mexico with the first moniker on the 2018 list - Alberto - Friday morning. The conditions are expected to spread to the eastern and central Gulf Coast later this weekend.

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Even though South Florida is not in the projected path of Alberto, the region is on the east side - the wettest side - of the storm.

Alberto is forecast to head for the northern Gulf Coast over the weekend and make landfall Monday near the Florida - Alabama line as a tropical storm.

The Government of Cuba has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

The National Hurricane Centre said the early development does not necessarily mean we are in for a busy hurricane season. Three of them became major hurricanes that battered Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many Caribbean islands. Please begin to prepare for tropical impacts from this system if you live along the Gulf Coast. It dumped catastrophic rainfall on the Houston area, causing $125 billion in damage.

Maria devastated Puerto Rico and Dominica.

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