TROPICS: Lowcountry expected to get heavy rainfall as subtropical storm Alberto approaches Gulf Coast

Rainfall amounts expected across the U.S. (Source: NHC)
Rainfall amounts expected across the U.S. (Source: NHC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Although subtropical storm Alberto is not heading in our direction, the Lowcountry is expected to feel effects in the form of heavy rainfall starting later this weekend.

The first named storm formed in the Gulf of Mexico Friday and it's currently meandering over the northwestern Carribbean sea.

Alberto is currently located on latitude 19.4 north and longitude 85.7 west with 40 mph winds. It's expected to move slowly north through the weekend before making a turn to the northwest with an expected landfall in the southern portions of Mississippi and Alabama.

Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says the Lowcountry will begin to feel the effects of Alberto with heavy rainfall late Sunday through Memorial Day.

"The thing about this storm is that it's pulling a lot of rain, and it's not confined to the center but the outer bands as well," Walsh said Friday night.

At this point, Walsh says we're anticipating an inch to an inch in a half of rainfall Sunday that could continue to increase into Wednesday and Thursday.

Currently, there is a 30% chance of rain on Saturday, 70% on Sunday, and 80% on Monday.

The storm is expected to pass to the east of the Yucatan Peninsula Friday night and emerge into the Gulf by Saturday.

Heavy rain is expected to impact the central gulf coast and southeastern U.S.later this weekend and into early next week.

Flooding could be a risk as the NHC expects the storm to move slower as it moves inland.

Hurricane season begins on June 1.

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