Tropical Storm Alberto has officially formed in the Gulf, making the system the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season.?

Alberto strengthened into a tropical storm Wednesday in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. It is currently located 295 miles southeast of Brownsville, Texas, and could produce winds up to 40 mph.

The system, described as large and disorganized, has been churning in the Bay of Campeche for days and got more organized and stronger by Wednesday morning.?

Northeast Mexico and south Texas should brace for landfall impacts this week, including 5 to 10 inches of heavy rain, storm surge and flooding.

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Areas of high terrain in Mexico will likely face life-threatening flooding and mudslides, NHC forecasters said. Moderate coastal flooding is expected along the Texas Coast through Thursday.

NHC forecasters predict that tropical storm conditions will impact parts of the Texas coast that are south of San Luis Pass and portions of the coast of northeastern Mexico Wednesday.

Louisiana has felt loosely related effects from Alberto this week, including heavy rains and flash flooding.

Hurricane researchers and experts predict that the 2024 Atlantic hurricane season will be one of the most active in modern history.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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