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Tropical depression formation expected Saturday

Currently, there is a 90%, or high, chance that this becomes either our first tropical depression or tropical storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

On its current forecast track, Alberto is expected to continue its slow journey north through the weekend until making a turn to the northwest Monday as it approaches the north-central Gulf coast, the hurricane center said.

It's now a 40-mph storm located about 60 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, according to the hurricane center's 2 p.m. Friday update.

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. The World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of assigning names to hurricanes and tropical storms, has six lists that they cycle through.

It is impossible to say how it might affect the mainland United States, although it already has provoked the first tropical-storm jitters of the season in the Sunshine State. An average hurricane season -- June 1 to November 30 -- produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

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Tropical depression formation expected Saturday
Alberto forms in the Gulf, flooding rains forecast

At the meeting, Gov. Scott urged Floridians to watch the weather closely and make a plan.

Areas along the coast can expect 3-6 inches of rain, with even more expected in the coastal Carolinas and southern Florida.

Subtropical Storm Alberto formed Friday on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the western end of the Caribbean. It does look like conditions will be favorable for some development as it moves into the Gulf Of Mexico. The heaviest rain will probably stretch across Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible for the area and time frame described. For more information on the heavy rain threat, please see products issued by your local weather office. Right now, heavy flooding rain, gusty winds, and isolated tornadoes are possible for South Florida, according to Bryan Norcross, a hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel.

The rain is expected to begin sometime late Saturday and remain steady into early next week.

Florida is typically a very dry spot for most of the early spring until about late May into June.

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