As of 11 p.m. Friday, the NHC said, Alberto remained weak. For Alberto to be considered a "tropical" storm, relatively warm air must be contained within its center. At that point it might become stronger, although no strengthening is expected on Monday. Hurricane Hunters found very little organization within the subtropical storm, which is severely sheared. The storm surge watch extends from Horseshoe Beach, Florida westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River. It has winds of 40 miles per hour and is stationary.
Forecasters believe at some point later in the weekend, Alberto will reach tropical storm status. But on any given day, there will be breaks in between the rounds of rain.
At highest, winds along the coast will gust into the upper 30 miles per hour range on Sunday.
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The storm will be near the western tip of Cuba Saturday morning and emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday night. Gustav 2002 was the first subtropical storm to be named. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for portions of their coastlines, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches. Alberto will not make landfall in Southwest Florida.
Technically, hurricane season begins June 1, but the first cyclone of the year has already arrived. That general northward movement is expected for the next couple of days as Alberto works its way through the Gulf of Mexico before it turns to the northwest Monday.
If this track holds, New Orelans and Southeast Louisiana will feel less impact from Alberto. All of Florida will be on the eastern side of the storm, threatened most by heavy rainfall with 2-3 inches forecasted. Therefore, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect through that time. Walton County is not now under a flood watch, according to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, but that could change.
In Southern Alabama, Mississippi and the western Florida panhandle there could be as much as one foot of rain.
Central Florida continues to have a high chance of rain going into next week.