Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Alberto is 2018's first named tropical system

Alberto is 2018's first named tropical system

It has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour. Most of these storms will die off once the sun begins to set but this time of year you have to keep that umbrella close by. Note the heavy rain that will fall along and to the east of the tropical storm. This builds southerly windswell on that side of the state over the coming days as well.

NWS is predicting that rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches are possible with localized higher amounts of 12 to 15 inches.

An Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to fly to the area at 3 p.m. Friday to sample more precise measurements of the atmosphere and determine the system's strength.

As we move into next week, depending on the track and intensity of Alberto, the western half of the Gulf could see some small swell make its way across.

Tropical Storm Alberto will bring rain to North Carolina over the Memorial Day weekend, but it appears the worst of it will hold off until Sunday night through Monday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that this will be an active hurricane season, with perhaps 10 to 16 named storms and five to nine hurricanes. Gustav 2002 was the first subtropical storm to be named.

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the western Caribbean this morning. But yesterday, meteorologists at NOAA announced their expectation of a "near to above-normal" hurricane season.

Latest satellite image loop of Alberto.

As of 2 p.m., Subtropical Storm Alberto — which formed Friday morning — was almost stationary about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. "From Saturday afternoon into Sunday, a general northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Monday", the NHC said. It's expected to continue moving north through the Gulf over the weekend, with gradual strengthening. A storm surge watch was also issued for parts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. "Extreme" flood watches have already been issued beginning Saturday for counties from Mobile to Okaloosa. This heavy rain could lead to flooding in vulnerable areas of Southwest Florida. Rip current threats will also increase along the Gulf coast.

The Weather Prediction Center is forecasting a swath of heavy rain for a good bit of the Southeast over the next seven days.

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