"Regardless of development, the counter-clockwise flow of air around this low-pressure system in combination with a very wet tropical air mass will funnel large amounts of tropical moisture over Cuba and the Southeast U.S., resulting in very heavy rains during the coming week", Masters said.
As of 11 a.m., Alberto had sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and was moving north-northeast at 6 miles per hour. The announcement of Subtropical Storm Alberto came Friday morning just before 11:00 a.m. EDT. It does look like conditions will be favorable for some development as it moves into the Gulf Of Mexico. In a purely tropical system, the highest winds would be closer to the center. The storm surge watch extends from Horseshoe Beach, Florida westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Typically water temperatures need to be at least 80 degrees for a tropical storm to form.
Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.
Such winds typically would only break small tree branches, said Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service. The barometric pressure was still 1005mb. Expect partly cloudy skies with building afternoon clouds.
The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season has formed, the National Hurricane Center said.
Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
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Alberto is expected to continue moving northward and is expected to make landfall somewhere on the northern Gulf Coast on Monday.
Today, no tropical impact.
The NHC also released detailed graphics tracking the storm's path to the US mainland and its potential wind speeds.
Hurricane forecasters analyze a combination of short and long-term climate trends, along with sophisticated computer models when making their predictions for a hurricane season. It could make landfall anywhere between the MS and Alabama coasts.
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This storm isn't a direct threat to Virginia or North Carolina, but it could eventually steer some remnant rainfall into our region late next week.
It might start as a subtropical depression - the atmosphere is not in a wholly tropical state over the Gulf - but if it sits over the warm Gulf waters long enough, it could well become Tropical Storm Alberto.
The weather Friday and even most of Saturday really won't be impacted by this yet other than a high rip current risk at beaches.
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