Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Storm is likely to become depression and bring heavy rains

Storm is likely to become depression and bring heavy rains

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.

Conditions above the Gulf will become more favorable for some development through the weekend as this low moves slowly north-northwest toward the north-central Gulf Coast. Put simply, Alberto's strongest winds and storms are well to the east of its circulation for right now, but it will likely begin to wrap up and become more centralized as it moves into the Gulf this weekend. It's expected to stay at "tropical storm" status through the duration of its life, not strengthening into a hurricane.

Thursday's tropical weather outlook shows an area of interest over the Yucatán Peninsula. For the fourth consecutive time, Hurricane Season will start with a name already checked off before June 1st. It's also possible Alberto will transition into a more standard tropical storm. The system is not expected to directly impact Virginia, until maybe the end of next week.

Make sure you've got Live Alert 19 if you're traveling to the coast this weekend for the latest advisories, radar imagery, and any severe weather alerts if they're issued.

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An event in South Florida was canceled as a result of the expected rain, as well.

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.

Forecasters from AccuWeather believe the depression could make landfall in the United States by Memorial Day, potentially ruining the holiday weekend for millions of Americans. However, experts say those storms usually form in the Atlantic Ocean; a pre-season storm in the Gulf of Mexico is rarer. We'll be watching very closely. It will disrupt many weekend plans from the beaches and much farther inland with repeated rounds of heavy rain.

One of the biggest concerns with Alberto continued to be rain, and the potential for widespread flooding.

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