Miami, Florida – Friday May 25, 2018 – It is the first named system of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, and for the fourth consecutive year the storm is early; in this case Alberto is formed one week before the season officially begins on June 1.
Tropical Storm Alberto was born just a couple of hours ago and will impact western Cuba, Florida and the Northeastern Gulf throughout the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The official forecast says: Alberto is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across the northeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba.
These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Rainfall accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches are possible across the Florida Keys and southern and southwestern Florida. Heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern Untied States later this weekend and continue into early next week. Flooding potential will increase across this region early next week as Alberto is forecast to slow down after it moves inland.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area through Saturday.
SURF: Swells generated by Alberto are affecting portions of
the coast of eastern Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Hazardous surf conditions are likely to develop along much of the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend. For more information, consult products from your local weather office.
Reaction to the announcement of the Tropical Storm among Bahamas and Turks and Caicos residents was expressed powerfully, but succinctly… “Oh no!”
On Thursday, NOAA/NHC gave the season prediction of an average to above average season with 10-16 named storms, five to nine are expected to be hurricanes and four are forecast to grow to category three strength or higher for 2018.