Subtropical Storm Alberto Forms in Caribbean, Will Drench Miami All Weekend

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Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first named tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory Friday. For example, only 21 letters of the English alphabet are in use, so none of the names start with less common letters like Q. Here's the list of names for storms in the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and the North Atlantic.

It is unusual for storms to reach name criterion - winds of at least 39 miles per hour - in May in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf and Caribbean Sea.

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

Hurricane season is nearly upon us-and the first of some of the season's severe weather is already churning near the Gulf of Mexico. Alberto would mark the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season. Seas will build up to 3 feet Saturday night and peak on Sunday at up to 10 feet in the Gulf of Mexico.

At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan. The Florida Keys and southern areas of Florida could expect rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches, possibly as much as 12 inches.

"Flooding potential will increase across this region early next week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland", the hurricane center said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto Forms in Caribbean, Will Drench Miami All Weekend
Subtropical Storm Alberto Forms in Caribbean, Will Drench Miami All Weekend

Tropical Storm watches are in effect for areas near Cancun and Cozumel and the western tip of Cuba.

The area of low pressure is forecasted to move into the Gulf of Mexico where conditions could become more favorable for organization.

A hotel owner in Panama City Beach, Florida, tells the Panama City News Herald that her familys five hotels are normally full on Memorial Day weekend.

These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Landfall is forecast near the Mississippi-Alabama line Monday as a tropical storm. 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. The rain is expected to intensify into Sunday and continue into Memorial Day.

District hydrologists said its 16-county coverage area has received about 7 inches of rainfall since May 1, which has helped the entire area recover from the eight-month dry season.

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