TAMPA (FOX 13) - Alberto currently sits in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico and is on its way north. It is still an unorganized system being hampered by a decent amount of wind shear as some dry air on its west side.
The result continues to be a lopsided storm with all the rain and wind concentrated east of the center.
Environmental conditions should gradually improve and the official forecast calls for slow strengthening over the next 36 hours as Alberto heads towards the east-central Gulf Coast.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for… Bonita beach to the Anclote River… The Aucilla River to MS/AL border.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… the MS/AL border to the mouth of the Pearl River
A Storm Surge Watch in effect for… Crystal River to the mouth of the Pearl River
Around Tampa Bay on Sunday, expect rounds of heavy rain, higher than normal tides, a high rip current risk, and a low-end tornado threat.
A subtropical storm has a less defined and cooler center than a tropical storm, and its strongest winds are found farther from its center. Subtropical storms can develop into tropical storms, which in turn can strengthen into hurricanes.
Alberto comes ahead of schedule: the six-month hurricane season doesn't begin until June 1.