At 100 PM CDT (1800 UTC), the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 19.5 North, longitude 86.5 West. The storm has been nearly stationary during the past several hours. However, a general slow motion toward the north is expected through the weekend, followed by a northwest turn by Monday. On the foreast track, Alberto is expected to pass near the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula tonight, be near the western tip of Cuba Saturday morning, emerge over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico by Saturday night, and approach the north-central Gulf Coast on Monday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast for the next 72 hours.
Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the center.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * Tulum to Cabo Catoche Mexico * Cuban province of Pinar del Rio
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within the next 24 hours.
Interests along the central and eastern U.S. Gulf Coast should monitor the progress of Alberto. Tropical storm and storm surge watches could be required for portions of this area later today or tonight.