Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Alberto, first tropical storm for the season, forms, heads for Florida

Alberto, first tropical storm for the season, forms, heads for Florida

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.

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

Follow WTXL First Alert on Social Media. And on the coast, Saturday and Sunday will be dry and cloudy, say forecasters. They are watching closely along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, but there's still a lot of uncertainty. Right now, heavy flooding rain, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible for South Florida, according to Bryan Norcross, a hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel. Impacts will extend far from the storm's disorganized center, having an impact on the northern Gulf coast and parts of Florida.

While it does not appear that New Orleans is in this area at this time, if the path shifts westward, even to the slightest degree, it could bring that heavy rain into the city and surrounding areas.

Away from beaches, tomorrow's weather may be a bit wetter but not unusually different.

Winds will be on the breezy side on Saturday but won't start to peak until Saturday evening when Alberto gets closer.

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Saturday and Sunday are less predictable.

Memorial Day in the area can expect gusty winds, rip currents and large waves. "Heavy rain from [the storm] is still likely to be its number one threat, though we may also need to be concerned with storm surge damage and wind damage if the storm does manage to over-achieve".

Stay with the 13WMAZ Weather Team for the latest updates during this holiday weekend.

Red flags warning of unsafe surf conditions are already flying along some beaches. However it weakened before making landfall and had winds around 45 miles per hour at that time.

While the track of Alberto seems fairly set at this point, how the storm's intensity develops will be important in how our weather plays out this weekend.

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