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IT’S OFFICIAL! Subtropical Alberto Is First Named Storm of 2018 … Ahead of Season

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MIAMI — The first storm of the 2018 Hurricane season has officially formed in the Caribbean.

The National Hurricane Center made the announcement at 9 a.m. today.

The storm is currently located in the northwestern Caribbean Sea.

New updates on the storm will be made by the National Hurricane Center beginning at 10:00 am.

The storm is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend before impacting the Gulf Coast somewhere between Louisiana and Florida.

Hurricane Hunters are expected to head into the storm later today to gather more data.

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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