BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The latest track for subtropical storm "Alberto" has the system continuing to inch eastward.
Both the Tropical Storm Watch and the Storm Surge Watch for the Louisiana coastline were discontinued as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
Alberto is expected to take on "tropical characteristics" within the next 24 to 36 hours.
The latest track has max winds at 40 mph, but the system is expected to strengthen. The shift eastward means the threat for Louisiana has diminished some.
Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula. The system has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
Tropical storm and surge watches were issued for the north-central Gulf Coast. Heavy rainfall is expected to affect the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida, and the northeast Gulf Coast through the weekend.
From Saturday afternoon into Sunday, a general northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Monday.
- Storm Surge Watch:
- Horseshoe Beach to the mouth of the Mississippi River
- Tropical Storm Watch:
- Tulum to Cabo Catoche Mexico
- Cuban province of Pinar del Rio
- Indian Pass to Grand Isle
- Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas
The storm is moving at 10 mph currently, and about 20 miles south of the western tip of Cuba.
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Heavy rain will be the primary impact Sunday through Tuesday, but it's too early to see who will bear the brunt of the tropical moisture. Anywhere from Southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle could have to deal with heavy rains and windy conditions. Rip currents will also be a threat along the coast due to this system.
Forecast maps show rainfall amounts of 2 to 7" will be common across the southeast, as far north as the Carolinas and as far west as Louisiana.
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