MIAMI – The Latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto (all times are local):
The first named tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season has formed. The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving in the direction of the Gulf of Mexico is now Tropical Storm Alberto.
Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph) early Friday and is located 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of Cozumel, Mexico. The storm was moving north-northeast at 6 km / h (9 km / h). The storm is expected to heavy rain on the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida and the northeast Coast of the Gulf of the whole weekend.
A subtropical storm has a less defined and a cooler center than a tropical storm, and the strongest winds are found further from the city centre. Subtropical storms can develop into a tropical storm, which, in turn, may strengthen into a hurricane.
Forecasters say a tropical weather system to move in the direction of the Gulf of Mexico is strengthening.
The National Hurricane Center said Friday that a low pressure system in the northwestern Caribbean Sea has become better defined overnight and can be a tropical depression or storm on Saturday.
They put the chances of the formation of 90 percent for the next two days.
The system is located to the east of the Yucatan Peninsula, but the move of the north. Forecasters say the heavy rains are likely in the west of Cuba, much of Florida and the northern Coast of the Gulf in the beginning of the following week.
s of the northern Coast of the Gulf of experiencing tropical storm winds and storm surge.
There is also a strong threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate.