David: Alberto expected to enter Gulf of Mexico tonight

Aaron Brown
May 27, 2018

Tropical-storm force winds will be possible in western Cuba and in the northern Gulf coast area where watches are posted.

Mississippi's governor joined Florida's in declaring a state of emergency ahead of a subtropical storm's hitting the Gulf Coast.

Alberto is forecast to move northward over the weekend, passing the western tip of Cuba on Saturday morning, then turning toward the northwest.

The hurricane center said Alberto could pick up speed later today and enter the Gulf tonight.

Landfall, if Alberto cobbles all the necessary elements, is not expected until late Monday or early Tuesday somewhere between Tallahassee and New Orleans.

The first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season made its debut before the season officially began.

Their forecast for Central Florida said to expect a 40 percent chance of showers after noon today with east-southeast wind 5 to 15 miles per hour.

Highest maximum sustained winds remained 40 miles per hour and the barometric pressure was down a single millibar to 1005.

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A hotel owner in Panama City Beach, Florida has said people are cancelling because of the weather and room reservations are down by 20 per cent.

It's also more hard for forecasters to model their exact path, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Ricks said. This means water levels may increase two to four feet in response to the onshore winds Alberto is expected to produce, peaking on Sunday. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Indian Pass near Apalachicola to Grand Isle, La. There also was a storm surge watch from Horseshoe Beach, Fla., west to the mouth of the Mississippi River. Alberto is expected to be a more organized tropical storm at that time, and there's a chance it could reach hurricane strength, especially if it slows down.

Forecasters were also very concerned about the rainfall potential with Alberto. This includes the western Florida Panhandle, the Alabama and MS coastline and metro New Orleans.

Forecasters in Alabama were getting prepared for a "multitude of impacts" from Alberto starting this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of southeast Louisiana.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region.

Moving into Sunday, things look just a tad better with the rain chances.

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