P.M. UPDATE: Storm watch up for Gulf Coast as Alberto meanders

26 May, 2018, 15:44 | Author: Kristi Owen
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   ON TRACK Tropical storm Alberto is on course to hit the US over the weekend

As Alberto moves into the Gulf on Saturday, Southwest Florida will be in the infamous right front quadrant of the storm.

A subtropical storm has characteristics of both a tropical and non-tropical storm.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is moving slowly, but is expected to take a northerly track overnight and be just off the west coast of Florida by early Sunday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Alberto marks the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season.

Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) early Friday and was located 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of Cozumel, Mexico.

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     PATH The low pressure is currently forming over the formed over the Yucatan Peninsula
NHC PATH The low pressure is currently forming over the formed over the Yucatan Peninsula

At the very least, several inches of torrential rain are likely across the Gulf states east of Texas. If you live in a flood-prone area keep a close eye on water levels this weekend and never attempt to drive through flooded roads. More than 6 inches of rain are in the forecast for parts of the Gulf Coast. Tropical storm-force winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 140 miles - mainly to the east of the center. At this time we should not see many severe storms, but there is always a chance for an isolated tornado as some of these bands of storms move through.

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 Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 24 hours.

That system on Sunday and Monday likely will continue moving north and dumping heavy rains along the Gulf Coast.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service warn that storms will be in effect from 8 a.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday. For more information, consult products from your local weather office. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.


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