New Orleans under tropical storm watch; see Subtropical Storm Alberto's latest track

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"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".

Tropical storm watches were issued for eastern Yucatan Peninsula and the western tip of Cuba. The storm was moving north-northeast at 6 miles per hour. Monday, Alberto is expected to approach the north-central Gulf Coast. This is due to tropical moisture that will be interacting with a frontal zone in the region, says the National Weather Service.

AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said the impact from the low pressure could last well into next week.

The overall track of Alberto will be important to the amount of rain that can be expected across the Carolinas.

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Alberto is barely at tropical storm levels, but are forecast to increase.

The National Weather Service in Mobile continued to keep a close eye on the storm on Friday. Forecast models remain focused on a track towards MS or Alabama coastlines. It's expected to gradually strengthen over the next three days.

Local forecasters say cloudy to overcast skies along scattered showers and thunder is expected for Grand Cayman throughout Friday, with showers becoming locally heavy at times, leading to flooding in low lying area.

None of this affects the forecast for South Florida and the Florida peninsula, however. Gerry Bell, the lead hurricane forecaster at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, said in an interview.

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Up to 12 inches of rain will be possible across extreme southwest Alabama, and a flash flood watch for Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties will go into effect on Saturday.

Another considerable hazard is rip currents. It will disrupt many weekend plans from the beaches and much farther inland with repeated rounds of heavy rain.

Sunday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Could see some huge waves, maximum heights (crest-to-trough) of 30-40 feet offshore. This could be just a tropical storm, or it could gain minimal hurricane strength.

Alberto is moving slowly over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

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