First tropical system of the season possible this weekend

First tropical system of the season possible this weekend

First tropical system of the season possible this weekend

If it upgrades into a tropical storm with winds at or greater than 39 miles per hour, it will receive the name "Alberto".

A FLOOD WATCH will take effect Saturday afternoon and extend through Sunday.

An early named storm doesn't indicate the this year's hurricane season will be more or less active than normal.

From Friday through Tuesday, parts of the Southeast may see 6-12 inches of rain. Alberto started officially as a subtropical storm, a system that has some tropical characteristics but not all, and had 40-mph sustained wind as of the 1 p.m. weather briefing.

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There remains a lot of uncertainty on the track and intensity of the storm as it lifts to the north.

The NBC2 First Alert Hurricane Tracking Team has issued a SEVERE WEATHER FIRST ALERT for Saturday because of a severe weather threat from Alberto. Kennedy said the more western track toward Florida would bring 2 to 5 inches of rain throughout both counties, with isolated heavier amounts. Because the ground is already saturated due to all the recent rain we've had, the flooding concern is high. Heavy rain will likely begin to affect the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern Untied States later this weekend and continue into early next week.

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. Highs in the mid to upper 80s. It's expected to stay at "tropical storm" status through the duration of its life, not strengthening into a hurricane. Gusty winds, rip currents and large waves also are expected into Memorial Day. Through the weekend and into next week we are watching the potential of a surge of tropical moisture into the state that will bring a washout to beach goers for Memorial Day weekend plans. Windy weather on Sunday will make being on the beach unpleasant at times.

Tropical Storm Watches have been posted for Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties in South Mississippi.

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