Alberto's track still puts Gulf Coast in its path


Tropical storm warnings have also been posted for the west side of the Florida peninsula, from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River north of Clearwater.

The hurricane center said Alberto could pick up speed later today and enter the Gulf tonight.

After a rainy and yucky start to the Memorial Day weekend the showers should begin to fade out across Acadiana later this evening.

By late Sunday and Monday, Alberto will be far north in the Gulf, but our weather will come down to where Alberto's tail ends up. The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is now Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Alberto approaching Cuba as it begins to make turn north

A general slow motion toward the north is expected through the weekend, followed by a northwest turn by Monday. Rainfall amounts of 6-12 inches are possible with localized amounts of 12 to 24 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

But the heavy rain that will accompany Alberto could test the metro area's drainage systems for the second time in about a week.

At 4 p.m. Saturday the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto northwest of Cuba moving toward the north near 13 miles per hour.

It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical. The National Weather Service also reports a flood watch for the Bradenton area until 8 p.m. Monday.

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A subtropical storm, as opposed to a tropical storm or hurricane, is classified as having a cooler center than a tropical storms with its strongest winds away from the center.

Subtropical storm Alberto is forecast to move northward into the Gulf Of Mexico over the weekend, with its center passing west of Cuba, the Florida Keys and mainland Florida - and setting its sights on eastern Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle and the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi.

Alberto's movement was expected to accelerate Saturday night. Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, even though it doesn't officially start until next week.

Rainfall totals will be highest in Florida and eastern Louisiana.

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A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. The 40 mph winds extend outward up to 140 miles to the east of the center of the storm, the Hurricane Center said.

The official forecast calls for 60 percent to 80 percent chance of rain each day in Alachua and Marion counties through at least Wednesday.

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