According to the latest update from the National Hurricane Center, Subtropical Storm Alberto has strengthened over the past 12 hours and its projected landfall is now east of Pensacola.
Radar and aircraft reconnaissance both indicate a deeper convection, a drop in pressure and a more organization and forecasters expect the storm to reach tropical cyclone status. The current cone of impact shows landfall possibilities between Navarre Beach and St. Marks Island east of Port St. Joe sometime this evening and into early Monday.
The Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially begin until June 1.
At 10 am, the center of Subtropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 27.1 North, longitude 84.4 West. The storm is moving toward the north near 14 mph (22 km/h).
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional strengthening is forecast before the system reaches the northern Gulf Coast. Steady weakening is expected after landfall, and Alberto is forecast to become a tropical depression by Monday night or Tuesday. Winds of 40 mph extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) primarily to the east of the center.