The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, but like this system, some develop outside of that period.
The hurricane center confirmed Friday morning the storm met the classification criteria, becoming the first tropical system of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
"Alberto is now struggling to survive strong wind shear and very dry air in the mid and upper levels now disrupting the developing convection", he explained.
The NHC predicts that Alberto will produce total rain accumulations of 10 to 15 inches with isolated totals of 25 inches across the northeastern portions of the Yucatan Peninsula and western Cuba.
Saturday will start out cloudy with scattered showers, but nothing too our of the ordinary as Alberto will still be far to our south.
The National Weather Service has issued flash flood advisories across the region. Ultimately, this will mean that Sunday and Monday are probably our wettest days with the highest rainfall totals and with fewer dry hours in the day than we've seen recently. Rainfall could reach up to 6 inches in parts of Florida up to the Carolinas.
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The differences between a subtropical storm and tropical storm are technical, said Fox 35 meteorologist Jayme King.
The rest of the state can also expect rain, though in the range of 2 to 4 inches.
Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground, said Invest 90L is moving north at about 5 miles per hour into an area where sea surface temperatures are between 77 and 82 degrees.
By Saturday afternoon and evening rain will become more widespread and heavier as Alberto drifts northeast closer to Southwest Florida.
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Winds and rough surf will create strong rip currents on the beaches and inland waters will be choppy.
According to the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, Florida, the area will receive between three and six inches of rain through Tuesday. For more information, consult products from your local weather office.
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