Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the western Caribbean Sea Friday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The subtropical brings the threat of flash flooding, rip currents, strong winds, coastal flooding and tornadoes to the Southeast.
The season's first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, formed near the Mexican resort of Cozumel late Friday morning with sustained winds of 40 mph as of the 5 p.m. advisory.
Tropical-storm-force winds and hazardous storm surge are possible along portions of the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast beginning on Sunday, including areas well east of the center of #Alberto. For more information, go to https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb and https://t.co/SiZo8ozBbn pic.twitter.com/c241xRocnT
— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) May 25, 2018
The storm was located 55 miles South-Southeast of Cozumel, Mexico.
According to NBC2, Alberto is forecast to gain speed this weekend and track to the northeast on Saturday before turning back northwest on Sunday. Alberto will not make landfall in Southwest Florida.
— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) May 25, 2018
Alberto is expected to make landfall as a tropical or subtropical storm anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to the Louisiana Gulf Coast said NHC.
The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team issued a SEVERE WEATHER FIRST ALERT for Saturday due to severe weather threat from Alberto.
Alberto is headed to the Gulf! Chief Meteorologist Allyson Rae NBC2 and Meteorologist Rob Duns are answering your questions about the Memorial Day Weekend forecast.
Posted by NBC2 News on Friday, May 25, 2018
Strong storms could produce weak waterspouts or tornadoes in Southwest Florida late Saturday and Saturday night.
A flood-watch will take effect Saturday.
Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.