Sebastian, Vero Beach to get minimal impact from Tropical Storm Alberto

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The conditions are expected to spread to the eastern and central Gulf Coast later this weekend.

Subtropical Storm Alberto remains disorganized and nearly stationary near the island of Cozumel off of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Alberto, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, is moving east at 2 miles per hour near the Yucatan Peninsula and is forecast to begin moving north Friday night. As the storm comes north, the strongest winds will be on the right side of the center (eye) of the storm and that's likely to move in around Mobile to Pensacola. However it is not expected to become a hurricane.

WWL TV Meteorologist Chris Franklin says Alberto will have to survive some adverse conditions to make it to the Gulf Coast.

Sebastian, Vero Beach to get minimal impact from Tropical Storm Alberto
Sebastian, Vero Beach to get minimal impact from Tropical Storm Alberto

An Air Force Hurricane Hunter plane is scheduled to investigate the system Friday afternoon.

One of the biggest concerns with Alberto continued to be rain, and the potential for widespread flooding. Forecasters say heavy rains are likely across western Cuba, much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week.

As the system begins to slowly move north, showers and a few thunderstorms with heavy rain will gradually increase from the Keys into South Florida.

The National Weather Service in Mobile continued to keep a close eye on the storm on Friday.

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Alberto is forecast to gain speed this weekend and track to the northeast on Saturday before turning back northwest on Sunday.

Per the latest models, the storm is expected to head in a northeastern direction before making a sharp western turn.

None of this affects the forecast for South Florida and the Florida peninsula, however.

From Friday through Tuesday, parts of the Southeast may see 6-12 inches of rain. A ridge of high pressure will build in from the southwest, producing the hottest weather of the year so far.

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Flood watches already have been issued from Alabama to Georgia.

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A high rip current risk means the water will be risky for all levels of swimmers.

The hurricane center projected that the storm would enter the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday night. Effects from the storm may be felt well outside of the cone of uncertainty.

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Surf heights of 5 feet or more will be possible.

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