Alberto Targets Florida Gulf Coast

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Most of Florida's west coast is under a tropical storm watch as Alberto spins over the Gulf of Mexico.

But a senior forecaster at the National Hurricane Center says Alberto is not likely to become a hurricane because "the system remains poorly organized."

However, the storm is threatening to bring heavy rain to Florida in the next few days. Forecasters say eight inches could fall over the Keys and the state's Gulf Coast.

On Sunday evening, Alberto was centered about 375 miles west of Key West and about 400 miles south-southwest of Apalachicola.

It's moving northwest at about seven mph but is expected to turn northeastward in the direction of central or northern Florida, where it could make landfall early Tuesday.

The storm's maximum sustained wind is near 45 mph.