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article imageSubtropical Storm Alberto reforms over Gulf of Mexico

By Karen Graham     May 26, 2018 in Environment
Subtropical Storm Alberto has reformed over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to the Saturday 2 p.m. EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. Bands of heavy rains are impacting western Cuba and southern Florida.
At 2 p.m. today Subtropical Storm Alberto was located about 65 miles (105 kilometers) NNW of the western tip of Cuba, and 195 miles (315 kilometers) southwest of the Dry Tortugas.
Alberto is moving north at about 13 mph (20 kph), however, a northward or north-northeastward motion is expected today, followed by a slower north-northwestward motion on Sunday and Monday.
On the forecast track, Alberto is expected to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Monday, and approach the watch area late Monday or Monday night. Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.
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Currently, Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) with higher gusts that extend outward 140 miles (220 kilometers) mainly to the east of the center. A gradual strengthening is forecast. Tropical storm force winds are predicted to reach the Florida Panhandle by Sunday night at the earliest, according to the latest projections.
Alberto is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across western Cuba. Across the Florida Keys and southern and southwest Florida, rainfall amounts will range from 3 to 7 inches with up to 10 inches a possibility.
Heavy rains will begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region into the southeastern United States on Sunday and continue into the middle of next week as Alberto moves northward after landfall. And as is usual with any tropical storm warnings, pay attention to storm surge and rip tides. Keep in mind the heavy rainfall can inundate areas near the coast that may normally be dry.
The net complete advisory is at 5 p.m.
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