Storm is likely to become depression and bring heavy rains

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The storm is moving toward the north-northeast near 7 miles per hour and is expected to pick up speed and move more north-northeastward later today and make a turn to the northwest on Sunday.

A subtropical cyclone has characteristics of both tropical and extratropical cyclones, and tends to have a broader maximum wind radius than the cone of most tropical cyclones. 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. Alberto would mark the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic season.

If this track holds, New Orelans and Southeast Louisiana will feel less impact from Alberto. The rain is also expected to threaten building structures in low-lying areas. "Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, with little change in strength forecast on Monday", according to the advisory from the Hurricane Center.

"Locally heavy rainfall is forecast across western Cuba and over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast into early next week", the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns.

"It doesn't have a real warm core, it's not taking energy from the warm waters, but it does mean that this system is producing winds of tropical storm force, but it's very near the centre". Possibly tropical-storm-force wind depending on system's track.

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It's called a "subtropical storm" because it's something of a hybrid between a nontropical low-pressure area and a classic tropical storm.

Severe storms on Thursday raged from Minnesota to Georgia, creating flooding and damaging trees and homes. The threat for heavy rain will reach north into the Carolinas and Tennessee.

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

The WGNO weather team will continue to monitor Alberto as it continues to churn into the Gulf of Mexico and will bring you the latest updates on-air and online. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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