The first tropical storm of the Atlantic season, Alberto, is expected to form over the Gulf of Mexico today.

The first tropical storm of the Atlantic season is expected to form over the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said, giving the disturbance an 80% chance of achieving that distinction. It would be named Alberto.

Forecasters said it could bring heavy rain, coastal flooding and gusty winds to coastal Texas and northeastern Mexico through Thursday. Alberto is expected to reach Mexican shores late Wednesday or early Thursday. On Wednesday morning, the National Hurricane Center said the storm system was “tracking heavily” toward the area at about 8 miles per hour.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of Texas from the San Luis Pass to the mouth of the Rio Grande, and the northeastern coast of Mexico from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Puerto from Altamira.

Rainfall amounts of 5 to 10 inches are possible across northeastern Mexico to southern Texas, with maximum totals of 15 inches, and would likely lead to “considerable flash and urban flooding as well as further flooding of rivers. Landslides are also possible in some areas.” of higher terrain in northeastern Mexico,” meteorologists said. A storm surge of up to four feet could impact parts of the Texas coast.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday morning that precipitation totals had decreased. Most areas will likely see between 1 and 3 inches of rain, the forecast center said, but local flooding of 4 inches or more is possible. A flood watch remains in effect until Thursday.

The disturbance was “fairly significant” early Wednesday, the hurricane center said, with tropical storm-force winds extending up to 415 miles north of the system’s center.

As of 4:00 a.m. CDT, the center was about 315 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and moving west-northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The hurricane center upgraded what had been the first tropical storm watch of the season to a tropical storm warning at 4 a.m. Tuesday. Three hours later, the government of Mexico issued a tropical storm warning for portions of the country’s northeast coast, south from the mouth of the Rio Grande to Puerto de Altamira, replacing the tropical storm watch in force there. The difference is explained by tropical timing: forecasters typically issue a “watch” when storm conditions are possible in the affected area within about 48 hours, and a “warning” when conditions become more imminent, approximately 36 hours later.

THE Atlantic hurricane season The storm officially began on June 1 and continues through late November, with most storms typically occurring during the later months of this window, between mid-August and mid-October. The terms hurricane and tropical cyclone may refer to the same kind of stormmeteorologists using the tropical cyclone phenomenon as a broad classification that includes any time when low-level cloud systems and rotating thunderstorms develop over tropical or subtropical waters, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A tropical cyclone is more specifically classified as a tropical storm when maximum wind speeds exceed 39 mph. When sustained winds reach 74 mph or more, it becomes a hurricane.

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