MIAMI, FL – A low pressure system in the Caribbean is expected to become a tropical system when it enters the Gulf in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center said. The center has increased the chances of the system forming into the first tropical depression of the 2008 season to 90 percent in the next five days. The tropical depression would be named Alberto if it forms.
Forecasters say the storm is expected to enter the Gulf sometime Saturday morning and track to the north. The system will result in a rainy weekend for most of Florida. Regardless of whether it forms into a tropical depression, heavy rainfall is forecast across much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week. Flooding and isolated tornadoes are possible in some areas of South Florida. Tampa Bay is expected to get about 3 to 6 inches of rain during the weekend.
In addition, the threat of rip currents will steadily increase along the Gulf coast from Florida westward to Louisiana over Memorial Day weekend.
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