That has changed, however. It is now Tropical Storm Alberto, with winds at 70 MPH and a 70% chance of becoming a hurricane later on today, and is expected to make landfall on the gulf coast of Florida on a more-or-less direct course towards the town of Perry, Florida, about 50 miles east of Tallahassee. The hurricane's rapid growth has already made Alberto as strong as last year's Tropical Storm Arlene, which appeared at approximately the same time of the year.
The ability for a weak, disorganized tropical depression like this to become a full-fledged hurricane is not something you really want to see so early on in the season. Let's hope that the area dodges a few bullets as far as the creation of these kinds of storms, because the gulf waters are certainly primed and heated enough to feed their growth quite rapidly.