HOLT, Fla., May 26, 2018, 12:30 p.m.–Alberto is slowly picking up speed moving toward the north at 13 mph according to the National Hurricane Center.
As of the 1 p.m. CDT update, the storm is located 65 miles north-northwest of the western tip of Cuba.
A northward or north-northeast motion is expected today followed by a slower north-northwest motion Sunday and Monday.
Alberto’s center is forecast to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Monday and approach this area late Monday or Monday night.
Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach here well before the arrival of the center of Alberto, according to the NHC.
Maximum sustained winds are still holding at 40 mph with higher gusts extending outward up to 140 miles mainly to the east of the center.
Gradual strengthening is forecast until the system reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night.
Current forecasts calls for Alberto to make landfall with 65-mph winds either very late on Monday night or very early Tuesday morning (pre-dawn hours), according to the NWS.
By Sunday, heavy rain will begin overspreading into the region from the south and east and will stick around through Tuesday.
This system will be slow to move out of the area and rain will linger through at least Tuesday, according to the NWS in Mobile.
The most likely arrival time of tropical-storm-force winds is early Monday; however, the coast could see those winds as early as Sunday afternoon/evening.
By Monday, the entire region is in the favorable location for isolated, brief tornadoes.
The tropical storm watch has been extended to include all of Escambia, Santa Rosa and Okaloosa Counties in northwest Florida, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
The storm surge watch and flash flood watch remain in effect.
NWS Mobile and NHC forecast