Subtropical Storm Alberto Forms, Will Bring Heavy Rain to U.S.

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The 1 p.m. update on Subtropical Storm Alberto from the National Hurricane Center says the story is still almost stationary.

The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is now Subtropical Storm Alberto.

The storm will approach the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday. So the odds of the system ever becoming a hurricane appear low. A turn toward the north-northwest was expected on Monday.

A "subtropical" designation means it has characteristics of tropical storm but now lacks the potential of becoming a hurricane.

An Air Force Reserve aircraft was expected to further investigate the weather pattern Friday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

"The flood risk is not expected to end with Memorial Day". Heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and continue into early next week. The storm could also slow down or stall, which would only increase the rain totals.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday
Alberto Becomes First Named Tropical Storm of 2018 Season, Projected For US Landfall On Monday |

Another great resource would be the National Weather Service in Mobile. Kennedy said the more western track toward Florida would bring 2 to 5 inches of rain throughout both counties, with isolated heavier amounts.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle.

A flash flood watch has been issued for every coastal county in the Mobile office's jurisdiction - an area that includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and stretches from Northwest Florida to MS - beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and running to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, the rain will likely be the heaviest we will see. A ridge of high pressure will build in from the southwest, producing the hottest weather of the year so far.

Therefore, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect through that time.

Winds and rough surf will create strong rip currents on the beaches and inland waters will be choppy.

As you may have guessed, beach and boating weather will be far from ideal and even risky over the holiday weekend.

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