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

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

By Saturday morning, it's expected to reach Cuba's western side, before it hits the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Saturday night.

"Expect some risky conditions along the beach", Wynn said.

Rip Currents: Moderate risk today and high risk Sunday and Monday as onshore winds and seas increase. If the flags are upgraded to double red, the water will be off limits to the public. Jordan Sawmiller of OH tells WALA-TV that he was approaching the water with caution in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

"We know that many families have travel plans this Memorial Day weekend but everyone has to put safety first and keep in mind to never drive in unsafe conditions or through standing water", said Gov. Rick Scott. But Julie Hilton said people are cancelling because of the weather and room reservations are down about 20 percent.

Depending on the exact track and strength, while it's not expected to become a hurricane, we could see tropical storm force winds in spots, minor storm surge and even some severe thunderstorms.

Each dot represents the origin point of tropical storms that have developed in the Atlantic Basin since 1851
Each dot represents the origin point of tropical storms that have developed in the Atlantic Basin since 1851

Advisories and watches related to Alberto include a Tropical Storm Watch for coastal and offshore waters near Franklin County, and then for the coastline from Indian Pass west through the Emerald Coast and beyond.

The official start of hurricane season isn't until June 1.

At this point, the Charlotte area could get two to four inches of rain, with some locations getting as much as five inches. The biggest threat appears at time time to be heavy rain and possible flooding. But with the ground already saturated by previous rains, he said it's possible trees could be uprooted and fall on power lines, causing outages.

The weather service further said that for Friday into the weekend there will be mainly cloudy to overcast skies with an 80% chance of showers and thunder mainly over Grand Cayman.

Our best rain chances with this system will likely occur Sunday through Tuesday, May 27-29. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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