Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

And it will absolutely drench South Florida just in time for a three-day weekend.

The National Hurricane Center began issuing advisories for Subtropical Storm Alberto at 11am on Friday as the system became better organized over open waters to the east of the Yucatan Peninsula in the Western Caribbean.

The storm, while projected to bring heavy rainfall and flooding to areas in Florida and some Gulf Coast states both this weekend and into early next week, will not become a hurricane, according to NOAA. The system is too close to land, and wind shear in the upper levels of the atmosphere are blowing thunderstorms away from the supposed center of the low-pressure system. One to four hurricanes could be considered "major" with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. This heavy rain could lead to flooding in vulnerable areas of Southwest Florida.

Saturday will start out cloudy with scattered showers, but nothing too our of the ordinary as Alberto will still be far to our south.

Just a year ago, we had a named storm - Tropical Storm Arlene - east of Bermuda in April. Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours. On Thursday afternoon forecasters gave the system a 90 percent chance of turning into a subtropical or tropical depression by late Saturday as it moves into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

Also further north into the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United states later this weekend and even early next week. "The main impact will be heavy rains that could exacerbate rivers and areas prone to flooding".

"Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida", the NHC said.

Winds and rough surf will create strong rip currents on the beaches and inland waters will be choppy.

Although the east side of the storm isn't expected to reach Broward, Miami-Dade or Palm Beach counties, the storm's outer bands are expected to bring the area heavy rain, gusts of up to 35 miles per hour, strong rip currents and the possibility of tornadoes, according to a 3 p.m. briefing by the National Weather Service in Miami.

Weather models are pointing to Saturday evening through Monday as having the largest possibilities for tornadoes.

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