Tropical threat likely to dampen Memorial Day weekend

26 May, 2018, 07:45 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

Maximum winds were 40 mph, gusting to 50 mph, and the storm was moving east at 2 mph.

The National Hurricane Center says a disturbance moving toward the Gulf of Mexico is now Subtropical Storm Alberto. In contrast to a tropical storm or hurricane, where the strongest winds are at the center, a subtropical storm can have the most powerful winds far from the core.

As far as strength of the storm, the odds are getting a little better that this could become a weak tropical storm.

A tropical depression has a 70% chance of forming within the next 48 hours, according to NHC weather experts.

Hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, but that doesn't mean we won't see some action Saturday or Sunday. We were dealing with steady rain for south Florida for the majority of last week with tropical moisture that did not get organized enough to become a named system.

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At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week", a National Hurricane Center update states. Heavy rainfall is expected from western Cuba to Florida an through the northeast Gulf Coast through the weekend. If the storm goes east of the projected track, the impacts will lessen.

Forecasters will also be on the lookout for severe storms, which could be possible depending on the track and intensity of Alberto. This is of importance because this convection will move into Florida and other parts of the Southeast-causing flash flooding.

Torrential rain, flooding and thunderstorms are likely across the Caribbean, the Gulf states and southern U.S. states even if a tropical storm does not materialise.

Meanwhile, heat will build across the entire Midwest and Plains through Memorial Day, including temperatures reaching the 90s across portions of South Dakota and Minnesota over the weekend. We'll be watching very closely. Because the ground is already saturated due to all the recent rain we've had, the flooding concern is high.

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