Rainfall and flooding potential will increase across the central Gulf Coast region and the southeastern United States later this weekend and early next week when Alberto is expected to slow down after it moves inland.
UPDATE @ 10:47 a.m. (MAY 25):
The National Hurricane Center said the season’s first named storm, Subtropical Storm Alberto, has formed over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
Additional advisory information is expected to be released later this morning.
INITIAL REPORT (MAY 23):
The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and runs through the end of November. This year's tropical season may begin right on time.
According to the National Hurricane Center there is the chance that a broad area of thunderstorms near the Yucatan Peninsula may move into the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and develop into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend. If that occurs, this would be the first named storm of the season.
Many Miami Valley residents may be planning to head south for the long holiday weekend. The potential for this tropical development could lead to a wet and stormy holiday. The National Hurricane Center says "regardless of the development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast during the weekend."