First named storm of season forms

Update: Cloudiness and showers over the northwest Caribbean associated with Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to spread across the Cayman Islands area throughout Saturday night and Sunday, according to the Cayman Islands National Weather Service.

Original story: Subtropical Storm Alberto, the first named storm of the year, has formed near the Yucatan Peninsula.

Source: U.S. National Hurricane Center

The storm is tracking north northwest at 6 miles per hour into the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say if the system makes landfall on the Gulf Coast, it will likely be on Sunday or Monday.

This is the fourth consecutive year in which at least one storm has formed before the start of hurricane season on June 1.

The storm, which by Friday morning had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, is expected to slow down when it reaches land, prolonging heavy rain.

The Cayman National Weather Service advises that while the forecast path of Alberto is away from the islands, residents are encouraged to continue to monitor the storm’s progress as it is expected to influence local weather condition from this weekend into the earlier part of next week.

Local forecasters say cloudy to overcast skies along scattered showers and thunder is expected for Grand Cayman throughout Friday, with showers becoming locally heavy at times, leading to flooding in low lying area.

Fresh winds and rough seas are also expected Friday and Saturday. Small crafts are advised to exercise caution over open waters.