Storms named Alberto have threatened Gulf Coast before

26 May, 2018, 15:48 | Author: Rosalie Gross
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As Alberto moves into the Gulf on Saturday, Southwest Florida will be in the infamous right front quadrant of the storm.

Tropical storms are formed when a band of low pressure reaches a critical mass with winds above 39mph.

If the storm organizes into a closed low with winds less than 39 miles per hour, it will likely become our first tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

This incarnation of Alberto had the decency to wait and form after the official start of the hurricane season, but then wasted that goodwill by making landfall in Florida.

It's now a 40-mph storm located about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, according to the hurricane center's 2 p.m. Friday update.

Highs Sunday are expected to range from the low to mid 70s across the north to the low to mid 80s here in the Lehigh Valley and across southeastern Pa., southern New Jersey and the Delmarva peninsula.

We can expect torrential rains at times beginning this afternoon and especially during the overnight on Sunday. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in an interview.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week", the National Hurricane Center said.

This Memorial Day weekend, anyone seeking nice weather should avoid South Florida and the Gulf Coast.

As of Thursday at 8 a.m., forecasters predict that Sebastian and Vero Beach will get up to half an inch of rain between 4 and 7 p.m. when the storm makes it way into Florida. It will send a plume of tropical moisture towards the Gulf Coast for the weekend and that means very heavy rainfall is possible.

Prior to 2002 subtropical storms were not given names, but the Tropical Prediction Center issued forecasts and warnings on them similar to those for tropical cyclones.

That system on Sunday and Monday likely will continue moving north and dumping heavy rains along the Gulf Coast. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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