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Alberto was moving east at 5 miles per hour with 40 miles per hour sustained winds.

Tropical storms are formed when a band of low pressure reaches a critical mass with winds above 39mph. Put simply, Alberto's strongest winds and storms are well to the east of its circulation for right now, but it will likely begin to wrap up and become more centralized as it moves into the Gulf this weekend.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but like this system, some develop outside of that period.

According to the National Hurricane Center, the subtropical storm was located about 55 miles south of Cozumel, Mexico, and about 195 miles southwest of the western tip of Cuba. Relatively dry weather is expected in SW Lower Michigan and very dry weather will continue from S. California east to Texas.

On Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center gave the seemingly-disorganized cluster of thunderstorms a 40 percent chance of developing in the next 48 hours and an 80 percent chance in the next five days.

"The slow movement of the storm can allow heavy rain to persist over a part of the southeast through most of next week".

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     PATH The low pressure is currently forming over the formed over the Yucatan Peninsula
NHC PATH The low pressure is currently forming over the formed over the Yucatan Peninsula

The Government of Cuba has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for the western Cuban province of Pinar del Rio.

It might start as a subtropical depression - the atmosphere is not in a wholly tropical state over the Gulf - but if it sits over the warm Gulf waters long enough, it could well become Tropical Storm Alberto.

It's still unknown how big Alberto could get - some forecasting models show it hovering around as a tropical depression with heavy rains, while others show its wind speeds growing all the way to hurricane force. It became a tropical storm that meandered off the cast coast of Georgia and SC.

"Its mostly looking like a heavy rain event", National Weather Service meteorologist John McMichael said.

Away from beaches, tomorrow's weather may be a bit wetter but not unusually different. Gusty winds, rip currents and large waves also are expected into Memorial Day.

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