First named storm of the season set to hit the U.S.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

Hurricane center increases chances of tropical development to 90 percent

A full week before the Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins, the first storm of the season has been named.

Many times these subtropical storms transform into true tropical cyclones.

Pre-season Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The storm has a minimum central pressure of 1005mb.

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains disorganized and nearly stationary near the island of Cozumel off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

The Government of Cuba has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio. Effects from the storm may be felt well outside of the cone of uncertainty. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the United States watch area beginning on Sunday.

For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. In a purely tropical system, the highest winds would be closer to the center. "From Saturday afternoon into Sunday, a general northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Monday", the NHC said.

Subtropical Storm Alberto developed Friday morning and is located about 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico.

Alberto's winds remained at 40 miles per hour and the barometric pressure had not changed from 1005mb.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

As of right now, the storm is expected to stay below hurricane strength.

In this case, most of the rain and wind is well east of the center.

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

The heavy rainfall will have the potential to cause flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas. Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas, Weather.com reported.

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

Alberto is expected to pass near the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula Friday night.

Florida is typically a very dry spot for most of the early spring until about late May into June.

The likelihood that the system would develop in the next 48 hours was also increased to 70 percent, according to the NHC's 12:30 p.m. CST update.


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