We’re in for a wet Memorial Day weekend -- Subtropical Storm Alberto, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, has formed in the Caribbean Sea and is expected to be approaching the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.
In light of Alberto's projected path, the cities of Bay St. Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead and the Hancock County Board of Supervisors have declared a state of emergency.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a storm surge watch for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Horse Beach, Florida, westward to the mouth of the Mississippi River.
A tropical storm watch has been issued for portions of the northern Gulf Coast from Indian Pass, Florida, westward to Grand Isle, Louisiana, including Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas and metropolitan New Orleans.
According to NOAA, a tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible in the portion of that watch area within 48 hours.
As of 4 p.m. Friday, Alberto was located near latitude 19.4 North, longitude 86.3 West and moving east at two miles per hour. A slow motion to the north was expected Friday night.
"From Saturday afternoon into Sunday, a general northward motion at a faster forward speed is expected, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Monday," according to NOAA.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms were expected to hit the coast at around mid-day on Saturday.