Alberto forms, puts Florida under flood watch

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The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, but pre-season storms are not uncommon.

If the storm organizes into a closed low with winds less than 39 miles per hour, it will likely become our first tropical depression of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

- A storm moving slowly through the Caribbean Sea is threatening to bring heavy rainfall, mudslides, and flash floods to parts of Mexico, Cuba, Florida and the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.

Prior to 2002 subtropical storms were not given names, but the Tropical Prediction Center issued forecasts and warnings on them similar to those for tropical cyclones.

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area in Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula through Saturday. "In the tropical storm, waters are very warm". Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours.

That system on Sunday and Monday likely will continue moving north and dumping heavy rains along the Gulf Coast.

Original story: According to the National Hurricane Center, a low pressure system known as "Invest 90L" is headed for the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to form into a tropical depression or tropical storm sometime within the next two days.

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Volusia County joined the entire southern half of Florida in a flood watch issued by the National Weather Service on Friday afternoon and additional flood watches are possible as Alberto moves northward.

Dan Kottlowski, hurricane expert for AccuWeather, said he expects the weather system to turn into a named storm by the weekend.

As far as strength of the storm, the odds are getting a little better that this could become a weak tropical storm.

About four to six inches are expected for the greater Fort Lauderdale and Miami areas, with three to four inches expected for Palm Beach County.

Rainfall accumulations of 4 - 8 inches are forecast across portions of the Florida Keys, and south and southwest Florida, with up to 12 inches possible in some locations. Rip currents will also be a concern at affected beaches over the busy holiday weekend, especially along the northern Gulf Coast.

Weather models are pointing to Saturday evening through Monday as having the largest possibilities for tornadoes.

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