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Tropical system in Gulf could bring wet holiday weekend

Tropical system in Gulf could bring wet holiday weekend

Heavy rainfall is expected to affect the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida and the northeastern gulf coast through Memorial Day Weekend, the hurricane center said. The tropical storm watch lies from Indian Pass, Florida to Grand Isle, Louisiana. Their effects are exactly the same, and the move in the same pattern.

Surf swells are expected are expected across the western areas of Cuba and the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Forecasters from the US-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) have said there is a 90% chance tropical storm Alberto will develop the within the next five days.

Daily rains will continue through Memorial Day weekend as forecasters say it is likely that a low pressure system approaching the Gulf of Mexico will strengthen into a depression.

Models remain consistent with a system making it's way into the Mobile Bay area by Monday afternoon, which would bring major impacts to some of the more popular beach destinations (Gulf Shores, Pensacola Beach, Destin).

Forecasters from AccuWeather believe the depression could make landfall in the United States by Memorial Day, potentially ruining the holiday weekend for millions of Americans.

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The Atlantic hurricane season is scheduled to start on June 1 and run through to the end of November 2018.

The storm is tracking north northwest at 6 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico.

Prior to 2002 subtropical storms were not given names, but the Tropical Prediction Center issued forecasts and warnings on them similar to those for tropical cyclones.

The NHC predicts that Alberto could reach tropical storm status overnight, although it's too early to predict where that could occur and what magnitude the storm system might achieve. Subtropical systems pack the same hazards - heavy rain and wind - but lack the warm center of a tropical system.

Cordero said local creeks are in pretty decent shape now, even after the recent rains, though a couple of days of heavy rain would raise the flooding risk.