Tropical Storm Alberto officially forms; expected to make landfall this week

Tropical Storm Alberto officially formed on Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Hurricane Center. This marks the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season. 

The large system in the Gulf of Mexico will bring heavy rainfall, coastal flooding and gusty winds to the coasts of Texas and northeastern Mexico through Thursday.

As of Wednesday evening, the disturbance was located about 150 miles east-southeast of Tampico, Mexico, and 320 miles south-southeast of Brownsville, Texas.

Its maximum sustained winds remain near 40 mph as it moves west-northwest at 9 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Texas coast from San Luis Pass southward to the mouth of the Rio Grande and from the northeastern coast of Mexico south of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Tecolutla.