Subtropical storm, named Alberto, it is expected that the tropical storm-winds force this holiday weekend



Alberto is the first named storm of 2018

Subtropical storm Alberto is the first tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season and could bring heavy rain in Florida and the Gulf Coast; chief meteorologist Rick Reichmuth reports from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

As people gear up for a long holiday weekend, officials are warning that the first tropical storm of the 2018 hurricane season is expected to be a “tropical storm-winds force” and “storm surges in the central and eastern Gulf Coast on Sunday.

Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first named storm this year is the hurricane season and, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), is expected to produce heavy rain and flooding on the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida and the northeast Gulf Coast this weekend.

Tropical-storm-wind power and a dangerous storm surge is possible along portions of the central and eastern U. S. Gulf Coast early on Sunday, including the areas east of the city centre of #Alberto. For more information, go to and

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) 25 May 2018

The NHC said Friday afternoon that Alberto was “meandering across the northwest of the Caribbean Sea.

With the storm the wind is already reaching 40 mph, officials say that it is a gain, and the biggest threat is heavy rain and rip current.”

Subtropical Storm #Alberto Advisory 1A: Alberto Meandering Across the Northwest of the Caribbean Sea.

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) 25 May 2018

Subtropical storms, like Alberto, can grow to a tropical storm, which can ultimately strengthen into a hurricane. Alberto has a less defined and a cooler center than a tropical storm, and the strongest winds can be seen further from the city centre.

The NHC predicts that Alberto could reach tropical storm status during the night, although it is still too early to predict where that might occur and what the size of the storm system could reach.

Here are the latest Important Messages as of 4 pm CDT for #Alberto. Alberto is expected to be heavy rainfall and floods in the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula, in the west of Cuba and south of Florida in the next few days. More info @NWS @NOAA

— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) 25 May 2018

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that this will be an active hurricane season, with perhaps 10 to 16 named storms and five to nine hurricanes. One in four hurricanes could be considered “major” with sustained winds of at least 111 mph.

If the predictions are correct, this will be an above-average hurricane season, with an average production of 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

The hurricane season in the Atlantic officially begins on June 1 and runs until November. 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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