Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

Weather Authority: Strong storms possible into this evening

Weather Authority: Strong storms possible into this evening

As of Friday morning, the National Hurricane Center says there is a 90% chance we have our first tropical depression or Tropical Storm Alberto in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes. Their effects are exactly the same, and the move in the same pattern.

According to the National Hurricane Center, tropical storm watches are now in affect for parts of Mexico and Cuba.

For South Florida, the forecast for the weekend calls for a total of 3-7 inches of rain and fairly breezy.

This tropical system will likely remain weak, but it will bring in a lot of deep, tropical moisture from the Gulf into the Southeast.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the Gulf of Mexico as we head into Memorial Day weekend.

Jacksonville's weather over the three-day holiday weekend will depend on how far west the tropical system stays, said Scott Cordero, meteorologist in charge of the weather service's Jacksonville office.

As has been repeated all week, regardless of tropical development, heavy rainfall is expected in South Florida through the weekend. We could see minor coastal flooding and we certainly will see a high risk of rip currents.

Tropical storm warnings and storm surge watches could be issued later on Friday for portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast of the United States. This would make Alberto a strong subtropical storm, although well short of the 74 miles per hour threshold for hurricane strength.

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"The latest. Thursday runs of our top intensity models. predicted [the storm] could get considerably stronger than previously thought, with peak winds ranging from 40 mph.to 80 mph", writes Jeff Masters of the Weather Underground.

The official National Hurricane Center forecast shows the storm coming to shore in MS, the midway point of the projected computer models.

Heavy rain could also be bad news for farmers.

The heavy rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas.

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