Alberto forms in the Caribbean, heavy rains forecast

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Maximum sustained winds are near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts.

Many times these subtropical storms transform into true tropical cyclones.

Alberto lost its tropical storm title soon thereafter but later became a powerful extratropical storm south of Nova Scotia, the hurricane center said. Hurricane season in the Atlantic basin officially begins on June 1.

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. The tropical storm may bring some rain to our area, but very minimal. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in an interview.

Parts of South Florida could be put under a flood watch during the weekend because the ground is already saturated from recent rainfall and more tropical moisture is expected, the Sun Sentinel reported. It's expected to stay at "tropical storm" status through the duration of its life, not strengthening into a hurricane.

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Subtropical Storm Alberto, first storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season, forms over Caribbean

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in the in watch area in the next 48 hours.

Rainfall by the end of the weekend is expected to be between 2 and 4 inches, but areas close to the Gulf Coast could see as much as 6 or 7 inches depending on how Alberto develops and tracks. Note the heavy rain that will fall along and to the east of the tropical storm.

Subtropical Storm Alberto was "meandering over the northwestern Caribbean Sea" Friday afternoon, causing unsafe surf and rip current conditions on the Yucatan and the west coast of Cuba, according to the the center's website.

The National Weather Service has put out a call for spotters in western Carolina and the Piedmont to be on watch Sunday night and Monday for large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and even tornadoes. Wet weather will be most likely in the late afternoon and evening. Along with heavy rains and high winds come rough seas and a threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana that can sweep swimmers out to sea.

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