While some models project Alberto's strongest sustained winds will reach 65 miles per hour, the biggest threat for many in the northern Gulf states - including the Wiregrass area - is heavy rainfall.
According to forecasters with the National Hurricane Center, the storm is expected to slowly move to the north through the weekend, passing near the eastern coast of the Yucatan peninsula on Friday night and approaching the western tip of Cuba on Saturday morning.
A tropical storm watch means sustained tropical storm force winds in excess of 39 mph are possible in the watch area within 48 hours.
There's also a chance that the lopsided storm becomes a subtropical system. The "subtropical" designation is a weather science nuance.
Though the start of June is said to usher in the Atlantic hurricane season, the previous years had gotten earlier starts: Arlene in April 2017 and Alex in January 2016.
Subtropical storms, like Alberto, can develop into tropical storms, which can ultimately strengthen into hurricanes.
Right now, early forecasts project that the number of storms will be higher than average, and several forecasts indicate an above-average likelihood that a major hurricane will make landfall in the Caribbean, the Gulf Coast, or the US East Coast. Accuweather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski took that a step further Friday afternoon, saying, "We can not rule out the possibility of this system becoming a hurricane before it makes landfall sometime on Monday or Monday night".
The storm is expected to produce heavy rain across the Southeast U.S. Flooding is a large concern from Louisiana to Florida.
The overall track of Alberto will be important to the amount of rain that can be expected across the Carolinas.
No flood advisories for South Florida have been issued, but Kelly said they're possible.
Fresh winds and rough seas are also expected Friday and Saturday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, the system, now centered over the southeastern Yucatan Peninsula, is becoming better defined. Florida has already had heavy rain this month.