"Typically, there is an increase of boaters on the water during the holiday weekend, however, due to the impeding storm the Coast Guard urges boaters to take precautions for their personal safety," the Coast Guard stated in a press release on Friday. "Rescue and assistance by the Coast Guard and other agencies may be degraded as the storm approaches. Boaters are urged to secure their vessels and emergency-position-indicating radio beacons."
8pm Intermediate Adv. Subtropical Storm Alberto winds remain at 40 mph. With all the active rain and wind displaced east of the center, the Flood Watch continues for the weekend. pic.twitter.com/3n7RHfRZgs— Steve Weagle (@SteveWeagleWPTV) 26 мая 2018 г.
Meanwhile, the US National Hurricane Center said that Tropical storm dubbed Alberto was heading toward the US coast in Florida over the northwestern Caribbean Sea.
"Heavy rainfall expected to affect the Yucatan Peninsula…Western Cuba…Florida…and the northeastern Gulf Coast through the weekend," the latest public advisory read.
Subtropical storm #Alberto has formed and is the first named #storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Here's the latest view from #GOESEast as it heads toward the Gulf of Mexico. More: https://t.co/viOGFPLcXS pic.twitter.com/fziLi4FVpN— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) 25 мая 2018 г.
Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which officially begins in June. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and threatens to batter the northern Gulf of Mexico coast with heavy rains and storm surge. The storm, packing maximum winds of 40 miles per hour, is currently located 108 miles southeast of Mexico’s Cozumel island and creeping north at 5 miles per hour. It is expected to speed up on Saturday through Sunday.
A tornado or two may occur over the Florida Keys and parts of southern and southwestern Florida beginning Saturday evening, the NHC said.
Last year was the worst hurricane season in recent memory, with monster storms Harvey, Irma and Maria flooding parts of Texas and wiping out electric power in the US territory of Puerto Rico and nearby islands.
"Dark As Night" as a storm hits the beach in Gulf Shores, AL sending everyone indoors with the whale's mouth following the shelf cloud.— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) 25 мая 2018 г.
We're live on @weatherchannel 3- 8 PM ET updating beach impacts as #Alberto approaches late weekend. pic.twitter.com/0YHfJFcPYI