'Alberto' just became the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm watch for the north-central Gulf Coast Friday afternoon (May 25) as Subtropical Storm Alberto was expected to strengthen over the weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was "meandering over the northwestern Caribbean Sea" Friday afternoon, causing unsafe surf and rip current conditions on the Yucatan and the west coast of Cuba, according to the the center's website. The NHC expects the storm to become fully "Tropical" before it makes landfall. For Alberto to be considered a "tropical" storm, relatively warm air must be contained within its center.

Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast and The Southeast States, that includes all of SC, into early next week. Through Monday, we may see rainfall totals ranging from 3 to 5 inches with some isolated higher amount of 6 to 7 inches possible. The biggest threat appears at time time to be heavy rain and possible flooding. County spokesman Kevin Baxter said Subtropical Storm Alberto is an early warning for residents to be prepared for storm season, which officially starts June 1.

Late in the forecast, Alberto is expected to significantly slow down as it approaches the coast.

The National Hurricane Center map shows the cone-shaped area where the system is most likely to organize into a tropical or subtropical depression - again, in the Gulf away from Florida.

Tropical depression formation expected Saturday
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A storm surge watch is also in effect at the mouth of the Mississippi River and east to Horeshoe Beach, Florida, meaning there's a possibility of life-threatening inundation from rising water moving inland from the coastline in the indicated locations during the next 48 hours.

Another considerable hazard is rip currents.

However, once Alberto gets into the Gulf, computer models suggest it strengthening into a stronger storm as it enters a more favorable environment.

As of right now, the storm is expected to stay below hurricane strength. Hazardous surf conditions were likely to develop along much of the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend, the Hurricane Center warned.

A hotel owner in Panama City Beach, Florida, tells the Panama City News Herald that her family's five hotels are normally full on Memorial Day weekend.

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