Hurricane warning issued as 1st named storm of season nears - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hurricane warning issued as 1st named storm of season nears

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A hurricane warning is in effect for parts of Florida's Gulf Coast as the first named storm of the 2006 Atlantic hurricane season gains strength in the Gulf of Mexico.

The warning from Longboat Key near Sarasota to the Ochlockonee River south of Tallahassee means Tropical Storm Alberto is expected to produce hurricane conditions within the next 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Longboat Key to Englewood.

At 11am EST, Alberto's winds had increased to 70 miles-an-hour, up from 50 just three hours earlier.

The storm is centered about 190 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola and is moving north-northeast at about seven miles-an-hour.

Alberto's core isn't expected to reach Florida until tomorrow, but powerful gusts may be felt long before it makes landfall.

Forecasters warn that tornadoes are possible in west-central and northwestern Florida tonight.

Track Alberto using WMCTV.com's Hurricane Center 5 by clicking here.

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