Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains stationary over NW Caribbean Sea

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains stationary over NW Caribbean Sea

However, experts say those storms usually form in the Atlantic Ocean; a pre-season storm in the Gulf of Mexico is rarer.

The subtropical or tropical name is given to a storm with winds in excess of 39 miles per hour. In 2017, the first storm formed April 19.

A subtropical cyclone has characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones, and tends to have a broader maximum wind radius than the cone of most tropical cyclones. This will likely begin Sunday afternoon and last through Tuesday, something the 4 Warn Storm Team will continue to watch.

Per the latest models, the storm is expected to head in a northeastern direction before making a sharp western turn.

Alberto is expected to make landfall early Monday morning near Mobile Bay in Alabama. It still remains an unorganized mess as it meanders off Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula but is expected to churn northward into the Gulf of Mexico and approach Florida this weekend.

At 1 p.m., the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center came in and Alberto for now is almost stationary.

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The National Hurricane Center reports that the tropical disturbance over the Yucatan Peninsula is gradually becoming better defined and now has a higher chance of development, CBS Miami reports. If the storm goes east of the projected track, the impacts will lessen. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the weather system Friday.

A Storm Surge Watch has been issued for coastal Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson counties due to the potential for tides to rise 3 or more feet above normal. Walton County is not now under a flood watch, according to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, but that could change.

Some far western N.C. counties along the Georgia border could see as much as 10 inches of rain, NOAA reported Friday.

The storm is pushing a massive amount of tropical moisture into Florida, setting of a very wet Memorial Day weekend, especially Sunday and Monday.

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.

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