Subtropical Storm Alberto Forecast from Alan Sealls on May 25, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto Forecast from Alan Sealls on May 25, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto Forecast from Alan Sealls on May 25, 2018

Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first storm of the Atlantic season, which doesn't officially start for another week. The Hurricane Center stated Alberto could produce 10-15 inches of rain, with isolated amounts up to 25 inches, in the northeast portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba. The storm is forecast to come closest to South Florida late Saturday night and early Sunday morning - although it will remain well out in the Gulf of Mexico.

Grand Cayman is also affected by the weather system as the National Weather Service has said that cloudiness and showers will persist over the Cayman area. This heavy rain could lead to flooding in vulnerable areas of Southwest Florida. It will send a plume of tropical moisture towards the Gulf Coast for the weekend and that means very heavy rainfall is possible.

Officials in Gulf Shores said they are "actively monitoring" the storm's development.

With the storm's winds already reaching 40 miles per hour, officials say that it is strengthening, and the biggest threat is "heavy rain and rip current".

Alberto is forecast to move northward over the weekend, passing the western tip of Cuba on Saturday morning, then turning toward the northwest. The highest winds are also now away from the center.

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

Technically, hurricane season begins June 1, but the first cyclone of the year has already arrived.

Several inches of rain will be possible across Central Georgia Sunday into Monday as outer rain bands move into the area.

Another flash flood watch may be issued to include the incoming tropical rainfall.

Tropical Storm Alberto is forming over the Gulf of Mexico that could bring rain, but forecasters are mixed on what impact it will bring to Sebastian, Fellsmere, and Vero Beach. Beach threat is rip currents and coastal flooding from higher water levels.

The 1 p.m. update on Subtropical Storm Alberto from the National Hurricane Center says the story is still almost stationary.

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