Tropical storm watches issued ahead of Alberto

Tropical storm watches issued ahead of Alberto

The latest advisory has Alberto with winds of 40 miles per hour.

Tropical storms are formed when a band of low pressure reaches a critical mass with winds above 39mph.

Depending on the exact track and strength, while it's not expected to become a hurricane, we could see tropical storm force winds in spots, minor storm surge and even some severe thunderstorms.

Alberto is early; hurricane season doesn't start officially until June 1.

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Highs Sunday are expected to range from the low to mid 70s across the north to the low to mid 80s here in the Lehigh Valley and across southeastern Pa., southern New Jersey and the Delmarva peninsula. The tropical storm may bring some rain to our area, but very minimal. Strengthening is expected for the next 72 hours, according to the NHC. On Thursday afternoon forecasters gave the system a 90 percent chance of turning into a subtropical or tropical depression by late Saturday as it moves into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. All of Florida will be on the eastern side of the storm, threatened most by heavy rainfall with 2-3 inches forecasted. Tropical storm impacts will be felt by Sunday morning for the Gulf Coast States and Alberto should be close to land by Monday.

Parts of South Florida could be put under a flood watch during the weekend because the ground is already saturated from recent rainfall and more tropical moisture is expected, the Sun Sentinel reported. A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Indian Pass near Apalachicola to Grand Isle, La. Right now, early forecasts project that the number of storms will be higher than average, and several forecasts indicate an above-average likelihood that a major hurricane will make landfall in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, or the US East Coast.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region. For more information, consult products from your local weather office.

Winds and rough surf will create strong rip currents on the beaches and inland waters will be choppy.

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