Alberto developed one week before the official June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season, but the right ingredients for a storm can still come together in May.
This Alberto had peak winds of 69 miles per hour, making it a strong tropical storm.
Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the western end of the Caribbean. From Saturday afternoon into Sunday, according to the hurricane center, a general northward motion at a faster speed is expected when the storm gains strength after entering the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. A ridge of high pressure will build in from the southwest, producing the hottest weather of the year so far. And now, even more deep, tropical moisture is set to affect our area over the Memorial Day weekend.
At 1 p.m., the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center came in and Alberto for now is almost stationary.
A flash flood watch has been issued for every coastal county in the Mobile office's jurisdiction - an area that includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and stretches from Northwest Florida to MS - beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and running to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for.
The immediate Tampa Bay area could experience tropical storm-force winds by Saturday morning, forecasters said, and conditions along the coast could become unsafe with high winds and rip currents.
Forecasters from the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) have said there is a 90% chance tropical storm Alberto will develop the within the next five days.
SUNDAY INTO MEMORIAL DAY: Timing is still a bit in question, but heavier rainfall with higher totals are likely with projected totals of 3 to 5 inches expected. "The main impact will be heavy rains that could exacerbate rivers and areas prone to flooding".
Last hurricane season - which produced the immensely destructive hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria - was exceptionally active, said Bell, who doesn't now expect this season to produce such intense activity.