Subtropical Storm Alberto forms in western Caribbean

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With a subtropical storm, the strongest winds and thunderstorms are located far away from the center, even though they may be just as strong as those found in a tropical storm.

The next forecast advisory will be 7 p.m. Friday with a new, full advisory at 10 p.m. An area of low pressure near Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula could morph into a tropical storm in the coming days.

The latest advisory has Alberto with winds of 40 miles per hour. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in an interview. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles from the center.

There are high shear values across the southern Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, which is causing Alberto to have a unique satellite appearance. "A turn toward the north-northwest is expected on Monday.", the NHC said.

EXPLAINER: Why is Alberto only subtropical? Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas, Weather.com reported.

A flash flood watch has been issued for every coastal county in the Mobile office's jurisdiction - an area that includes Escambia and Santa Rosa counties and stretches from Northwest Florida to MS - beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday and running to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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The start time for the rain and storms associated with Alberto remains fluid. The biggest impacts from Alberto are set to arrive on Monday, Memorial Day, into Tuesday.

The system is expected to intensify during the weekend and will likely consolidate into a tropical storm at some point on Sunday. This broad surface low-pressure system is battling some high wind shear and interacting with land, most of the convection associated with this system is to the east of the center.

He said: "Coastal flooding can occur along Florida's west coast and the coastal communities of the panhandle".

At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.

You can monitor river levels across the state of Georgia here.

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