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Subtropical Storm Alberto moves through Caribbean

Subtropical Storm Alberto moves through Caribbean

Forecasters say heavy rains are likely across western Cuba, much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week.

Tropical Storm warnings have now been issued from Mobile all the way down to the tip of Florida while Tropical Storm watches have been discontinued for Louisiana but continue for the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

U.S. forecasters followed suit by issuing a tropical storm watch for parts of the Gulf Coast from the Florida Panhandle southwest of Tallahassee to the New Orleans metropolitan area. One to four of those expected hurricanes are expected to reach "major" status, becoming a Category 3 storm or higher.

Alberto was still struggling on Saturday, according to the hurricane center.

On Saturday evening, the storm was located about 95 miles (153 km) north of the western tip of Cuba and 275 miles (440 km) southwest of the Dry Tortugas, which is nearly 70 miles (113 km) west of Key West, Florida, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

It will then hook west before taking a northerly turn, possibly making landfall in an area between Biloxi, Mississippi and Destin, Florida. Alberto should make landfall by Tuesday morning.

Tropical Tidbits provides the latest on Subtropical Storm Alberto.

Forecasters stressed not to focus exclusively on the exact point of landfall - which could be in Alabama - because numerous storm's affects will be felt far away from that point.

Subtropical Storm Alberto
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At 4 p.m. Saturday the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto northwest of Cuba moving toward the north near 13 miles per hour.

The last time a tropical cyclone was named Alberto was in 2012; it also formed before the season began, on May 19.

It is important to not focus on the exact cone, since impacts will be felt far away from the center of the storm.

Florida peninsula from Bonita Beach to the Anclote River.

Moving northward through the Gulf of Mexico, Alberto will pull deep tropical moisture over east central Florida. Storm surge could reach 2 to 4 feet when Alberto approaches the region on Monday.

"It has been the wettest May in history for Richmond with a rainfall total of 10.25".

Rain chances are at 70 percent to 80 percent for portions of Florida throughout the Memorial Day weekend. A storm surge watch was also issued for parts of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Strong winds will be possible beginning Sunday night, but more likely Monday into Tuesday. The winds will create rip current dangers and hazardous boating conditions.