MIDWAY, Fla. (WTXL) - Subtropical Storm Alberto has become the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
According to the National Hurricane Centre, Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed near Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and is set to bring heavy rainfall to the state of Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast.
Bay News 9 chief meteorologist Mike Clay estimates that there's only a slim chance of Alberto upgrading to a tropical storm as it approaches Mississippi. It's expected to gradually strengthen over the next three days as it begins to move to the north.
The weather service said storm surge could become an issue as soon as this evening and last into Tuesday.
Still expect the main impacts for Middle Georgia to be heavy rainfall as Alberto moves closer and makes landfall along the Gulf Coast. "Widespread heavy rainfall is possible (see Fig. 3) in which some areas may see 8-14" of rainfall.
It's also more hard for forecasters to model their exact path, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks said. By Sunday night, the center of Alberto is forecast to be be somewhere between Apalachee Bay and New Orleans.The Hurricane Center said gradual strengthening is forecast over the next 72 hours. Its top sustained winds were 40 miles per hour. Drier air from the fringes of Alberto may limit storm development.
As of earlier this week, the Sewerage & Water Board's drainage system was able to run at almost full throttle.
Baron’s Hurricane Index shows areas of favorable and unfavorable conditions for development
Severe weather is possible through the Northern Plains on Sunday.
The storm is loose and disorganized on Saturday morning.
The next advisory will be released at 4 p.m. today. In Cancun, local newspapers showed scenes of some streets flooded to mid-hubcap level.
Jefferson said its Drainage Department is fully staffed, with 287 employees who operate and maintain 69 pump stations and 184 pumps.
There's already plenty of depression to go around in South Florida before this Memorial Day. Garbage pickup and curbside recycling will continue as normally scheduled. Tornadoes are not expected on the Coast as the conditions are "unfavorable", the weather service said.
The downpours could dampen Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer tourist season along Gulf beaches.