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Gulf Coast Under Tropical Storm Warning

Much of Florida’s Gulf coast is under a tropical storm warning as Subtropical Storm Alberto makes its closest approach on Sunday.  The flood watch for all of South Florida has been extended until midnight.  Expect a rainy and cloudy Sunday with gusty winds and periods of heavy downpours.  An isolated tornado is possible.  There’s also a high risk of dangerous rip currents at all South Florida beaches on Sunday, lasting at least through Monday.  Highs on Sunday will be mostly in the mid 80s.
Subtropical Storm Alberto shows some signs of becoming better organized and is expected to strengthen (and transition into a tropical storm) before making landfall along the northern Gulf coast Monday night.  At 5 am Sunday, Alberto was located near 25.0 North, 84.5 West, and was moving north-northeast at 13 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Gulf coast from Bonita Springs to the Alabama/Mississippi border.  Alberto’s wind and rain will affect the northern Gulf coast later today, well in advance of the center’s arrival at the coast.
Our Memorial Day weather will be cloudy with periods of heavy rain and gusty winds.  Monday’s highs will be in the mid 80s.  Tuesday will bring a mix of clouds, showers, and a bit of sun.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the mid 80s.  Look for more of the same on Wednesday — clouds, periods of showers, and some sun.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the mid 80s.  We’ll see more sun and fewer clouds on Thursday, but periods of showers are also in the forecast.  Highs on Thursday will be in the mid to upper 80s.
Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.