Tropical Storm Warnings are up along Gulf Coast ahead of Alberto

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Tropical Tidbits provides the latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto. After reaching top winds of 45 mph and spending 30 hours as a tropical storm, Arlene died.

The storm on Saturday afternoon was last located about 105 km north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba and 315 km southwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 113 km west of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). Essentially, the characteristics of a subtropical system mean it lacks the punch to quickly increase in strength and become a hurricane. The minimum pressure is 1006 mb. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches. The National Weather Service also reports a flood watch for the Bradenton area until 8 p.m. Monday.

The storm is expected to bring significant rain, threatening the start of the summer tourist season for beach towns along the Gulf Coast.

Instead Alberto could be a stronger tropical storm near the time of landfall with sustained winds up to 60 miles per hour. 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.

Alberto will move into the Gulf of Mexico later today.

A tropical storm warning has been issued as Subtropical Storm Alberto moves toward a landfall on the upper Gulf Coast. Strong winds will be possible beginning Sunday night, but more likely Monday into Tuesday.

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Alberto is anticipated to be a large system.

On Thursday, the National Hurricane Center caused eyebrows to raise when it estimated a 90 percent chance that a subtropical or tropical cyclone would form in the central or eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend.

Alabama, Florida and MS are preparing for states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward the Gulf of Mexico.

While the European is the best model we have, plus or minus 50 miles is not forecastable, so we have to continue to be ready for heavy rain and some gusty winds on Monday. A Flood Watch will be in effect for much of the holiday weekend.

The most risky impact to life though will continue to be rip currents.

A storm surge of 2 to 3 feet could occur south of Crystal River, he said. Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially begins on June 1.

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