Hurricane season is almost upon us—and the first of some of the season’s severe weather is already churning near the Gulf of Mexico. An area of low pressure near Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula could morph into a tropical storm in the coming days.
Should the weather pattern become a full-fledged storm, with winds of at least 39 miles per hour, it would be named Tropical Storm Alberto. Alberto would mark the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season.
The National Weather Service said there was a 90 percent chance of it becoming a subtropical or tropical cyclone in the Gulf by the weekend. The odds have increased since the storm began brewing. Even if the weather pattern doesn’t become a full-blown storm, rainfall will still hit local regions in the coming days. Heavy rains were expected in western Cuba, Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into next week. Other parts of the South would likely be affected as well. Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas, Weather.com reported.
“This system could also bring tropical storm force winds and storm surge to portions of the northern Gulf Coast by late this weekend or early next week,” the National Hurricane Center warned. ”In addition, the threat of rip currents will steadily increase along the Gulf Coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over the Memorial Day weekend.”