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Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:49 PM
UNITED STATES — UPDATE @ 11:27 a.m. (MAY 25):
As Storm Center 7 Meteorologists forecasted, a broad area of low pressure that has been located over the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula has moved into the waters of the northwestern Caribbean Sea. Based on observations, this system has grown in intensity into what is now Subtropical Storm Alberto. This is the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
Alberto is expected to a take a north to northwestward track over the next few days making landfall near the Gulf States on Memorial Day.
According the National Hurricane center, regardless of its exact track and intensity, Alberto is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash flooding in southern Florida and the Florida Keys.
Rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and early next week when Alberto is expected to slow down after it moves inland.
UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m. (MAY 25):
The National Hurricane Center said the season’s first named storm, Subtropical Storm Alberto, has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
Additional advisory information is expected to be released later this morning.
INITIAL REPORT (MAY 23):
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and runs through the end of November. This year's tropical season may begin right on time.
According to the National Hurricane Center there is the chance that a broad area of thunderstorms near the Yucatan Peninsula may move into the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and develop into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend. If that occurs, this would be the first named storm of the season.
Many Miami Valley residents may be planning to head south for the long holiday weekend. The potential for this tropical development could lead to a wet and stormy holiday. The National Hurricane Center says "regardless of the development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast during the weekend."