STORMTRACK 3: Tropical Storm Alberto starts to turn eastward, no major impacts in SE NC
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Alberto is now beginning to move away from the coast of Florida and Georgia. The storm continues to have sustained winds of 40 mph. While it is still moving at a snail’s pace, the storm has begun to turn eastward, and is expected to accelerate to the northeast more quickly throughout the afternoon.
The storm is expected to remain at least 150 miles offshore from Wilmington, and we will not see any rain or wind from the storm. Even offshore, wave heights and marine conditions are not even expected to be extreme. There will be an increased risk of rip currents at the beaches through late Tuesday. Keep in mind, many beaches do not have lifeguards at this point in the season.
No Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings are currently in effect.
TS Alberto jumped the gun by about two weeks. Alberto is the earliest-forming tropical storm in the Atlantic basin since Ana in 2003. This is also the first time that a tropical storm has formed before the official start of the Hurricane Season in both the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.
Stick with WWAY for all the latest on our early start to Hurricane Season, and check out Hurricanes 101 for all the details.
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