Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

It has winds of 40 miles per hour and is moving to the north-northeast at 6 miles per hour.

A visible satellite image of the cluster of thunderstorms forecasters are watching for signs of tropical storm development.

Alberto lost its tropical storm title soon thereafter but later became a powerful extratropical storm south of Nova Scotia, the hurricane center said.

Even though June 1 is generally the start of hurricane season, early storms are not uncommon.

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Below are the impacts that we expect in Southwest Florida this weekend.

Heavy rain will be the biggest threat from Invest 90-L for the Tampa Bay area.

As of right now, the storm is expected to stay below hurricane strength.

"A prolonged period of heavy rainfall potential is expected across the area as Alberto moves northward through the Gulf of Mexico and pulls deep tropical moisture over east Central Florida", Weather Service forecasters said.

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Now spinning off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, forecasters named the subtropical storm "Alberto," which is the first of 21 names the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has on its list of possible storm names for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding.

At 1000 AM CDT (1500 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 19.7 North, longitude 86.8 West.

The highest rainfall amounts are expected along and near the I-75 corridor with some isolated areas receiving up to 6 inches.

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But the storm's reach extends far to the north and east, over Cuba and South Florida. Heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and continue into early next week.

Those winds will also kick up surf that could cause rip currents along the entire Gulf of Mexico shoreline over the holiday weekend.

The storms' names come from six lists that are recycled, so this year's was previously used in 2012.

Red flags warning of risky surf conditions are already flying along some beaches.

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