Subtropical Storm Alberto forms over Caribbean Sea


South Florida and the Florida peninsula can expect periods of heavy rain and gusty winds, including isolated tornadoes and 3 inches to 7 inches of rain from Friday through Wednesday.

There were no direct deaths from Alberto as a tropical storm, but one drowning was reported in North Carolina after it became an extratropical storm.

At 11 p.m. Friday, Alberto was located about 195 miles southwest of Cuba, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch will be in effect fro, Saturday evening until Tuesday evening for southwestern Alabama, southeastern MS, and the western Florida Panhandle. It will emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday night, and approach the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.

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"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns.

"A subtropical storm typically has a large, cloud-free center of circulation with very heavy thunderstorm activity in a band removed at least 100 miles from the center", Coffee County Emergency Management Agency director James Brown said Friday.

     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

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

Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was roiling parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and risky surf on Friday.

At this hour, Subtropical Storm Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph and moving to the E at 2 mph. Alberto would mark the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season.

The start time for the rain and storms associated with Alberto remains fluid.

Flood watches already have been issued from Alabama to Georgia.

Flooding rain becomes biggest threat with up to a foot falling by Tuesday.

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