2PM UPDATE: Tropical Storm Watch For Florida

Subtropical Storm Alberto Intermediate Advisory Number 5A NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL012018 200 PM EDT Sat May 26 2018

...CENTER OF ALBERTO REFORMS OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO...

...BANDS OF HEAVY RAINFALL AFFECTING WESTERN CUBA AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA...

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the west coast of the Florida peninsula from Boca Grande to Anclote River.  The Tropical Storm Watch along the coast of the Florida panhandle has been extended eastward to the Aucilla River.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* Crystal River to the Mouth of the Mississippi River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Cuban province of Pinar del Rio
* Dry Tortugas

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Boca Grande to Anclote River
* Aucilla River to Grand Isle
* Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas

At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located by reconnaissance aircraft and satellite data near latitude 22.8 North, longitude 85.2 West.  The storm is moving toward the north near 13 mph (20 km/h).  A northward or north-northeastward motion is expected today, followed by a slower north-northwestward motion on Sunday and Monday. On the forecast track, the center of Alberto is forecast to move over the eastern Gulf of Mexico tonight through Monday, and approach the northern Gulf Coast in the watch area late Monday or Monday night.  Heavy rainfall and tropical storm conditions will likely reach the northern Gulf Coast well before the arrival of the center of Alberto.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast until the system reaches the northern Gulf Coast by Monday night.

Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) mainly to the east of the center.

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