On the forecast track, Alberto is expected to pass near the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula Friday night and be near the western tip of Cuba Saturday morning.
Highest maximum sustained winds remained 40 miles per hour and the barometric pressure was down a single millibar to 1005.
Subtropical Storm Alberto - the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season - was roiling parts of coastal Mexico and Cuba with rip currents and risky surf on Saturday.
A hurricane center map shows Alberto approaching the Gulf Coast on Monday, somewhere between Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.
At this point, the Charlotte area could get two to four inches of rain, with some locations getting as much as five inches. Alberto will slowly continue to increase in intensity during this time period as environmental conditions becomes more favorable for intensification (less shear and anomalously warm waters in the northern Gulf) allowing to the transition to a warm core high end tropical storm or low-end hurricane.
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Though the start of June is said to usher in the Atlantic hurricane season, the previous years had gotten earlier starts: Arlene in April 2017 and Alex in January 2016. A storm surge watch was issued for the coast from from Horseshoe Beach in Florida's Big Bend west to the mouth of the Mississippi River.
Stay tuned to FOX 10 News for the latest on the system and download the FOX 10 StormTracker App to keep you ahead of the storm. It's heading is north into the Gulf where it's impacts will range from strong rip currents and active seas to heavy rain and flash flooding inland.
"Regardless of development, very heavy rain and flooding are possible for portions of South FL this weekend", the National Weather Service said. "Areas north and east of landfall could see 4-6" of rain from this system.
"We know that many families have travel plans this Memorial Day weekend but everyone has to put safety first and do not forget to never drive in risky conditions or through standing water", said Gov. Rick Scott.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service warned residents along coastal Alabama and MS as well as the Florida Panhandle to brace for heavy rain and high winds.