Its top sustained winds were 40 miles per hour. It may later become a regular Tropical Storm.
Substropical Storm Alberto continued to track toward the Gulf Coast Saturday morning, but its projected track also continued to shift slightly eastward.
South Florida and the Florida peninsula can expect periods of heavy rain and gusty winds, including isolated tornadoes and 3 inches to 7 inches of rain from Friday through Wednesday.
This storm isn't a direct threat to Virginia or North Carolina, but it could eventually steer some remnant rainfall into our region late next week.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is the first storm of the Atlantic season, which doesn't officially start for another week.
Subtropical Storm Alberto is East of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is producing widespread, but disorganized, shower and thunderstorm activity. "Areas north and east of landfall could see 4-6" of rain from this system.
Generally wet and unsettled pattern continues through Thursday with southerly flow becoming more southwesterly and allowing the Gulf coast sea breeze to dominate.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued a state of emergency ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto. Two to four feet of storm surge is also possible as Alberto nears landfall along the northern Gulf coast, including the Florida Panhandle. Southern Alabama and MS and the western Florida panhandle could see as much as 1 foot.
Along with the rain, strong rip currents are expected along the Crystal Coast. It will dump significant amounts of rain across parts of the Yucatan and Cuba, with 10-15 inches possible.
Whether or not the disturbance develops into something more, South Florida will likely see a lot of rain and wind over the next few days. The report came a day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 2018 hurricane season forecast release. If you live in a flood-prone area keep a close eye on water levels this weekend and never attempt to drive through flooded roads.