First Warning Forecast: One More Round Of Storms


A tropical storm watch has been issued for metro New Orleans, the National Weather Service announced Friday afternoon, as Subtropical Storm Alberto churns in the Caribbean Sea.

The center of the storm was located about 110 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico, and 180 miles south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba as of the National Hurricane Center's 11 p.m. EDT update.

Storms Friday morning should not be severe, but some heavy rainfall and wind gusts up to 45 miles per hour can be expected.

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A tropical storm watch means sustained tropical storm force winds in excess of 39 mph are possible in the watch area within 48 hours. That's a typical trait of subtropical storms, which have maximum winds far from the center, rather than clustered tightly around the center like a tropical storm.

Forecasters say a tropical weather system moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is strengthening. Alberto would mark the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season.

An early named storm doesn't indicate the this year's hurricane season will be more or less active than normal.

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At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns. "The main impact will be heavy rains that could exacerbate rivers and areas prone to flooding". Gusty winds and rough seas should increase Saturday, with tornadoes possible Saturday and Sunday. Relatively dry weather is expected in SW Lower Michigan and very dry weather will continue from S. California east to Texas. The flood watch goes into effect at 2 p.m. Saturday and runs through 8 p.m. Monday. Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas.

Winds and rough surf will create strong rip currents on the beaches and inland waters will be choppy.

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If that were to happen it would put Alabama on the east side and more likely to get heavy rain.