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Sub tropical storm Alberto forms

Sub tropical storm Alberto forms

Should the weather pattern become a full-fledged storm, with winds of at least 39 miles per hour, it would be named Tropical Storm Alberto.

This system may become a tropical depression over the next few days.

Odds have increased for the chance of a tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico over the next several days, with a Memorial Day weekend washout a guarantee in the U.S. Southeast and Florida regardless of the potential named storm or not.

The National Hurricane Center officially designated a low in the Gulf of Mexico with the first moniker on the 2018 list - Alberto - Friday morning.

Heavy rain and rip currents are the main threats for now. Heavy rainfall is expected from western Cuba to Florida an through the northeast Gulf Coast through the weekend.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area and time frame described.

The wet tropical mess that's been swirling off the Yucatan Peninsula for awhile has a name: subtropical storm Alberto. But make no mistake, the risk of flash flooding will continue beyond Saturday morning as the tropical system begins to have more of an impact on our weather late in the weekend. The storm was moving north-northeast at 6 miles per hour.

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The National Hurricane Center may have an Air Force reconnaissance aircraft investigate the system on Friday.

"Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida", the NHC said.

- Many parts of north Georgia are already pretty waterlogged from daily downpours over the last week.

District hydrologists said its 16-county coverage area has received about 7 inches of rainfall since May 1, which has helped the entire area recover from the eight-month dry season.

It's called a "subtropical storm" because it doesn't have all the classic features of a tropical storm. The latest forecast has it pushing even farther west of Citrus County. Forecasters say that puts Northwest Florida in the path of the storm's heaviest rains.

The National Hurricane Center map shows the cone-shaped area where the system is most likely to organize into a tropical or subtropical depression - again, in the Gulf away from Florida.