Inland storms fade this evening, mild night expected

Inland storms fade this evening, mild night expected

It might start as a subtropical depression - the atmosphere is not in a wholly tropical state over the Gulf - but if it sits over the warm Gulf waters long enough, it could well become Tropical Storm Alberto.

If the storm organizes into a closed low with winds less than 39 miles per hour, it will likely become our first tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.

Before the 2018 North Atlantic hurricane season officially begins, meteorologists will have to cross out one of the names given to this year's tropical systems. "In Florida, we know how unpredictable severe weather systems can be and while the Gulf Coast and Panhandle are expected to receive the largest impact from this storm, all Floridians should be prepared".

As of right now, the storm is expected to stay below hurricane strength.

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the western end of the Caribbean. Tropical storm and storm surge watches could be required for portions of this area later today or tonight.

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But, there is also a concern about tornadoes with southeast Florida on the more turbulent eastern side of the low pressure system moving through the Gulf.

Forecasters and officials have warned for days that, regardless of tropical development, this system could dump up to 8 inches of rain on our already saturated state. Through Monday, we may see rainfall totals ranging from 3 to 5 inches with some isolated higher amount of 6 to 7 inches possible.

An Air Force Reserve aircraft was expected to further investigate the weather pattern Friday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Alberto is expected to continue moving northward and is expected to make landfall somewhere on the northern Gulf Coast on Monday.

A FLOOD WATCH will take effect Saturday afternoon and extend through Sunday.

The National Weather Service said a flash flood watch would be in effect from Saturday evening through Tuesday evening for southeastern MS, southwestern Alabama, and the western Florida Panhandle. For more information on the heavy rain threat, please see products issued by your local weather office.

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