- Published on Saturday, 19 May 2012 21:35
- Written by Super User
Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the South Carolina Coast this weekend. The storm is expected to stay off shore.
At 11AM Sunday May 20, a tropical storm watch was in effect for Savannah River to South Santee River South Carolina. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area. In this case within 24 hours.
According to the National Hurricane Center, coastal interests elsewhere from Georgia through the NC Outer Banks should monitor the progress of Alberto.
At 11AM Sunday the center of Tropical Storm Alberto was located near latitude 31.5 north, longitude 79.7 west. Alberto was moving toward the west-southwest near 6 mph but was expected to slow down and move little through Monday. A northeastward acceleration is anticipated by forecasters Monday night and Tuesday.
According to the National Hurricane Center, on its 11AM track, the center of Alberto is forecast to remain offshore of the Carolina and Georgia coasts. Maximum sustained winds had decreased to near 45 mph with higher gusts. Forecasters expect little change in strength during the next 48 hours. Tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 70 miles from the center. Estimated central pressure was 1000 MB, 29.53 inches.
According to the 11AM advisory, tropical storm conditions are possible along the coast of South Carolina in the watch area today and Monday. Dangerous surf conditions are possible along the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina through Monday. Please see statements issued by your local National Weather Service office for information specific to your area.
The next intermediate advisory will be at 2PM with a complete advisory at 5PM Sunday May 20.