May 19, 2012

Tropical Storm Alberto Forms of South Carolina Coast


Talk about an early surprise for the tropical weather season, we have our first storm of the SC coast and the Wilmington area is within the cone of uncertainty.  More than likely, we'll get some gusty winds, some rain and some very good wave action (can you here the applause from the surfers?).

WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MAY BE NEEDED FOR A PORTION OF THE COAST OF THE CAROLINAS TONIGHT.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK ------------------------------ AT 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 32.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 77.7 WEST. ALBERTO IS MOVING TOWARD THE SOUTHWEST NEAR 3 MPH...6 KM/H...AND A SLOW SOUTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY. A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AND THEN TOWARD THE NORTH AND NORTHEAST IS EXPECTED BY MONDAY. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES...75 KM FROM THE CENTER. ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES.


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