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Subtropical Storm Alberto Is 2018's First Named Tropical System

May 25, 2018

The National Hurricane Center says Subtropical Storm Alberto is moving toward the Gulf of Mexico and expected to bring heavy rain to the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, Florida and the northeastern Gulf Coast throughout the weekend.

Forecasters say Alberto, the first named tropical weather system of the 2018 hurricane season, is strengthening. Alberto had top sustained winds of 40 mph early Friday and was located 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico. The storm was moving north-northeast at 6 mph.

There's also a strong threat of rip currents from Florida to Louisiana. An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate.

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.

North Texas weather

In North Texas, select areas, especially the northern part of the region, will see scattered thunderstorms through around 7 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service says

There's a 30 percent to 40 percent chance that thunderstorms moving from Oklahoma could hit North Texas overnight, mostly east of Interstate 35 and north of Interstate 20. 

Highs for Memorial Day weekend across North Texas will range between upper 90s to near 100 degrees.

Credit National Weather Service