MIAMI – A storm slowly through the Caribbean Sea threatens to bring heavy rain, mudslides and flooding to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.
Subtropical Storm Alberto — the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season — continued swirling in the direction of parts of the coast of Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and dangerous surf on Saturday. Both countries issued tropical storm watches for parts of their coasts, with rain totals in some isolated areas of up to 25 inches.
AMERICAN players followed by the issuing of a tropical storm watch for parts of the Coast of the Gulf of the Florida Panhandle, southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area.
At 5 a.m. EDT, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Alberto was moving north-northeastward in the direction of the Yucatan Channel and was centered about 95 km (105 miles southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. The top sustained winds were 40 mph (65 km). Gradual strengthening was expected through the weekend as it moves toward the north.