Tropical Storm Alberto expected to stay offshore
- The Associated Press
MIAMI — Tropical Storm Alberto is moving southeastward as it spins off the coast of Florida.
This NOAA satellite image taken Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:45 a.m. EDT shows Tropical Storm Alberto located about 85 miles northeast of St. Augustine Florida. Alberto is moving toward the south near 5 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph. While Alberto is becoming less organized and weakening, dangerous surf conditions, including rip currents, are possible along the coasts of northeastern Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina through Monday. Elsewhere in the East, rain showers continue to brush the coasts of the Mid-Atlantic and Lower New England. Behind this activity, rain and thunderstorms form along and ahead of a cold front, from areas of western Michigan through western Tennessee into areas of northern Mississippi. (AP PHOTO/WEATHER UNDERGROUND)
Alberto’s maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph) early Monday with little change in strength expected.
The storm is centered about 100 miles (165 kilometers) east-northeast of St. Augustine, Fla. Alberto is moving south-southeast near 5 mph (7 kph) but is expected to turn northeastward Monday night and Tuesday.
On its current track, Alberto is expected to stay offshore of the Carolinas and Georgia coast.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, a tropical depression south of Mexico is expected to strengthen. The depression’s maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 kph) but it’s expected to reach tropical storm strength later in the day. It’s centered about 520 miles (835 kilometers) south of Acapulco, Mexico.