The National Hurricane Center says subtropical storm Alberto continues to battle wind shear and dry air in the Caribbean as of Saturday morning, leading to a storm that is "not very well organized" as a NHC forecaster put it in the 4 a.m. discussion, with most of the shower activity remaining north and east from the center of circulation.
Alberto turned to the north at of the 7 a.m. advisory, with movement expected to be north or north-northeast for most of Saturday. Maximum winds remained near 40 miles per hour with higher gusts. Not much change in wind strength is expected over the next 36 hours. After that time, Alberto could become a full-on tropical storm and winds could increase up until landfall, which is forecast to be early Tuesday morning near the Alabama/Florida state line.
There are no changes in the tropical storm watch that includes the metro New Orleans area. A storm surge watch is also in effect starting at the mouth of the Mississippi.