Pre-season Subtropical Storm Alberto has formed in the northwestern Caribbean off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
The National Weather Service has put out a call for spotters in western Carolina and the Piedmont to be on watch Sunday night and Monday for large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding and even tornadoes.
Many times subtropical storms transform into true tropical storms or hurricanes.
From Friday through Tuesday, parts of the Southeast may see 6-12 inches of rain.
The National Hurricane Center states that "little development is expected during the next couple of days due to strong upper-level winds and proximity to the Yucatan Peninsula".
Keep an eye on this developing situation as this tropical disturbance nears the Gulf this week and we learn more about its ultimate track and potential impacts. "We're not necessarily anxious about severe weather per say, but there may be some bands that come out this way".
So, what in the world is a "Subtropical Storm?" It will disrupt many weekend plans from the beaches and much farther inland with repeated rounds of heavy rain.
Alberto will likely make it number one.
Heavy rain will be the biggest threat from Invest 90-L for the Tampa Bay area.
Al Sandrick, warning coordination meteorologist for National Weather Service in Jacksonville, has said this week that residents should not be focused on whether it gets a name or not. Winds on Saturday night and Sunday will be in the 20 to 25 miles per hour range as Alberto gains strength in the northern Gulf. This could be just a tropical storm, or it could gain minimal hurricane strength.
Another considerable hazard is rip currents.
As you may have guessed, beach and boating weather will be far from ideal and even unsafe over the holiday weekend. Expect your run of the mill showers and pop up storms as highs reach 80 degrees.
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