As of 2 p.m., Subtropical Storm Alberto which formed Friday morning was almost stationary about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, and had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
The New Orleans area should be prepared for heavy rain over the weekend and through the middle of next week as Subtropical Storm Alberto meanders northward through the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall somewhere along the coast. A gradual strengthening was expected through the Monday as it moves north. Regardless of whether Alberto becomes a true tropical storm by definition, very heavy rain and flooding are likely from Florida to Louisiana over the next several days. Alberto was moving northward at about 13 miles per hour, still with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.
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It is not organized enough yet to be a tropical storm, and is considered subtropical.
Still expect the main impacts for Middle Georgia to be heavy rainfall as Alberto moves closer and makes landfall along the Gulf Coast.
The National Weather service here in Melbourne has issued a Flood Watch for Brevard County through 8:00 p.m. Monday.
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Expected storm surges along the Florida to Louisiana coast could swell two to four feet, with some areas getting as low as a foot but some topping three feet. Subtropical storms typically have cooler temperatures near the center, and the area of strongest winds and storms are well removed from the center of circulation.
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY: Scattered thunderstorms well away from Alberto are possible in the afternoons. There is also a prolonged tornado threat for much of the state beginning near the coast on Sunday and lasting into at least Tuesday night in north Alabama.
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Memorial Day looks to be another nice day locally for any pool parties or events to honor our fallen soldiers with partly cloudy skies and maybe a couple pop-up showers during the afternoon but rain chances are only about 30% for both Sunday and Monday.
Hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1, but that doesn't mean we won't see some action Saturday or Sunday.
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