HOLT, Fla., May 26, 2018, 5:30 a.m.–This area can expect to begin feeling the effects from Subtropical Storm Alberto as early as this evening according to the National Hurricane Center.
In addition to winds and rain moving into the area, the NHC advises a tornado or two may occur here this evening and tonight.
Tropical-storm-force winds and hazardous storm surge are possible along portions of the Gulf Coast beginning Sunday.
Gradual strengthening is forecast until the system reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night.
Hurricane models suggest Alberto will likely make a transition to a tropical storm in about 36 hours, according to the NHC.
Furthermore, a hurricane watch could still be required for a portion of the Gulf Coast later today; however, recent intensity guidance trends suggest this possibility is decreasing.
Alberto has begun a slow north movement and picked up a little speed, traveling at 9 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Mobile.
As of 4 a.m. CDT, Alberto is centered about 145 miles south-southwest of the western tip of Cuba and is expected to move through the Yucatan Channel today and track across the Gulf of Mexico Saturday night through Monday.
For now, maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph with higher gusts.
A storm surge watch continues along the Gulf Coast from Horseshoe Beach, Fla., to the mouth of the Mississippi River, where the water could reach 2 to 4 feet above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.
A Tropical storm watch continues along the Gulf Coast from Indian Pass, Fla., to Grand Isle, La.