Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Lila Blake

Tropical depression development now expected with low heading toward Gulf of Mexico

Tropical depression development now expected with low heading toward Gulf of Mexico

Maximum winds were 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, and the storm was moving east at 2 mph. Subtropical storms show some, but not all, of the characteristics of a tropical storm.

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.

Tropical Storm
Subtropical Storm Alberto, first storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, forms over Caribbean

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, but pre-season storms are not uncommon.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts, and a gradual strengthening is expected until the system reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night, the Hurricane Center said. If it stays to our east, we will still get very heavy rainfall, but it would be more spread out and generally lower totals overall.

"The flood risk is not expected to end with Memorial Day". Strengthening is expected for the next 72 hours, according to the NHC.

Regardless of whether this becomes a tropical depression or storm, it will provide copious amounts of rain to Florida and parts of the Gulf coast.

It's called a "subtropical storm" because it's something of a hybrid between a nontropical low-pressure area and a classic tropical storm. Heavy rainfall is expected from western Cuba to Florida an through the northeast Gulf Coast through the weekend.

The 4 p.m. advisory's forecast track brings projects Alberto to make landfall around the Mississippi-Alabama state line on Monday evening as a strong tropical storm. "Heavy rain from [the storm] is still likely to be its number one threat, though we may also need to be concerned with storm surge damage and wind damage if the storm does manage to over-achieve". It became a tropical storm that meandered off the cast coast of Georgia and SC.

The WGNO weather team will continue to monitor Alberto as it continues to churn into the Gulf of Mexico and will bring you the latest updates on-air and online. The winds will create rip current dangers and hazardous boating conditions.

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