Tropical Disturbance Could Bring Rain, Flooding To South Florida

If it gains peak winds of 39 miles per hour and takes on the required meteorological characteristics it would become the first named storm of a season that doesn't begin officially until June 1.

Western Cuba and a small area on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula are under a tropical storm watch. "Heavy rain from [the storm] is still likely to be its number one threat, though we may also need to be concerned with storm surge damage and wind damage if the storm does manage to over-achieve".

Memorial Day Weekend in North Alabama: Expect a good covering of heavy downpours on Friday: especially south of Huntsville.

Forecasters said the system continued to become better defined early Friday and will likely form in the northwestern Caribbean sea or southeastern Gulf. Temperatures will be in the upper 90s Memorial Day weekend and will approach triple digits next week.

Technically, hurricane season begins June 1, but the first cyclone of the year has already arrived.

Grand Cayman is also affected by the weather system as the National Weather Service has said that cloudiness and showers will persist over the Cayman area. Southern Alabama and MS and the western Florida panhandle could see as much as 1 foot.

Subtropical storms show some of, but not all of, the characteristics of a tropical storm.

Severe storms on Thursday raged from Minnesota to Georgia, creating flooding and damaging trees and homes. There could be pockets of dry, hot weather during that time too, although that doesn't mean the area's off the hook - that would increase the chance for thunderstorms, Cordero said. Saturday rain is scheduled to be off and on throughout the day, potentially starting the flooding McMichael warned about. The latest forecast has it pushing even farther west of Citrus County.

Forecasters from the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) have said there is a 90% chance tropical storm Alberto will develop the within the next five days.

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