TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — One week before the 2018 hurricane season is set to begin — and we now have our first named storm.
Subtropical Storm Alberto formed in the northwestern Caribbean Sea, according to the National Hurricane Center. The hurricane center said its next advisory on Alberto will be at 2 p.m.
Alberto was expected to bring tropical storm conditions across the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba through Saturday. Those conditions could reach the northern gulf coast as early as Sunday morning, according to the hurricane center.
The system had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. Tropical storm watches were issued for Tulum to Cabo Catoche, Mexico as well as the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.
Meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler said in his Friday blog that computers have the storm going somewhere between Mobile Alabama and the western Florida panhandle.
WAVY sister WFLA reports Air Force Recon Aircraft are scheduled fly out to investigate the system Friday afternoon.
Alberto’s formation comes one day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its forecast for the 2018 season. The forecast called for up to 16 named storms, with one to four major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher possible.