HOLT, Fla., May 27, 2018, 9 a.m.–The low-pressure system heading toward Florida’s northern Gulf coast has shifted to the east during overnight hours.
The National Hurricane Center track forecast has adjusted Subtropical Storm Alberto’s track by about 30 miles east based on hurricane models.
The eastward shift means extending the tropical storm warning along Florida’s entire Gulf coast except for the southern tip where Alberto has already past.
For this area, the National Weather Service in Mobile forecasts heavy rainfall from Alberto, beginning between late tonight and Monday morning.
Rain amounts of 4-to-8 inches are possible.
The coast could see tropical-storm-force wind gusts as early as this evening, but the most likely arrival time is overnight tonight into early Monday morning, according to the NWS.
Alberto appears a little better organized this morning with a large band of showers and thunderstorms extending well to the east of the center, according to the NHC.
Slow intensification seems likely until it reaches the coastline Monday as it gains more tropical characteristics.
No modeling show Alberto reaching hurricane strength before making landfall with 60 mph winds.
Alberto is expected to turn northward later today and then northwestward tonight turning back to the north Monday night and Tuesday.
National Weather Service in Mobile and National Hurricane Center forecasts