Flood watch issued in South Florida for all of Memorial Day weekend

Tropical Storm Alberto

Tropical Storm Alberto

The first tropical event of the 2018 season has developed with the National Hurricane Center declaring Alberto a subtropical storm after it reached maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.

Alberto is sitting east of the Yucatan Peninsula with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and is expected to move north into the Gulf of Mexico, where conditions are favorable for further development.

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.

Torrential rain, flooding and thunderstorms are likely across the Caribbean, the Gulf states and southern USA states even if a tropical storm does not materialise. On Saturday and Sunday, those downpours become even more widespread and some could produce a lot of heavy rain in a short time! Maximum winds were 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, and the storm was moving east at 2 mph.

The NHC predicted 10 inches to 15 inches of rain with isolated totals of 25 inches in the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba. The tropical storm watch includes areas from Port St Joe, Panama City, 30-A, Destin, Fort Walton, Pensacola, Perdido Key, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, the Mississippi Coast and much of the Louisiana coast through the weekend.

Those winds will also kick up surf that could cause rip currents along the entire Gulf of Mexico shoreline over the holiday weekend.

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Dry air and shearing upper-level winds near the storm kept it weak and lopsided on Friday, but it is projected to become more organized after it moves north into the Gulf of Mexico.

Subtropical storms, like Alberto, can develop into tropical storms, which can ultimately strengthen into hurricanes.

Along the coast there is going to be approximately three to six inches of rain.

The National Hurricane Center reports that the tropical disturbance over the Yucatan Peninsula is gradually becoming better defined and now has a higher chance of development, CBS Miami reports.

A FLOOD WATCH will take effect Saturday afternoon and extend through Sunday.

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