NOAA Hurricane Storm Tracker: Alberto Moves To Open Atlantic

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MIAMI, Florida — As of 5:00 p.m. E.D.T. on May 21, 2011, the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center has classified Tropical Storm Alberto as a continuing tropical storm with winds of  40 m.p.h., with higher gusts.  


Although tropical storm watches are no longer in effect, dangerous surf conditions exist from northeast Florida, including Jacksonville, Florida, northward through the entire Georgia coast up through South Carolina today. Some weakening is expected to occur over the next 48 hours and Alberto should lose its tropical storm characteristics by Wednesday morning:
 

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 9
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL012012
500 PM EDT MON MAY 21 2012

...ALBERTO HANGING ON TO TROPICAL STORM STRENGTH...


SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...30.5N 77.9W
ABOUT 225 MI...365 KM E OF JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA
ABOUT 200 MI...325 KM SE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...E OR 80 DEGREES AT 8 MPH...13 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1006 MB...29.71 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 30.5 NORTH...LONGITUDE 77.9 WEST. ALBERTO IS
MOVING TOWARD THE EAST NEAR 8 MPH...13 KM/H...AND A TURN TOWARD THE
NORTHEAST WITH AN INCREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS FORECAST DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS. ON THIS TRACK...THE CENTER OF ALBERTO IS EXPECTED
TO REMAIN OFFSHORE OF THE GEORGIA AND CAROLINA COASTS.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 40 MPH...65 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. SOME WEAKENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS...AND
ALBERTO COULD LOSE ITS TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS BY WEDNESDAY.

TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES...75 KM
FROM THE CENTER.

AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT RECENTLY REPORTED A MINIMUM
CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 1006 MB...29.71 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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SURF...DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS...INCLUDING RIP CURRENTS...ARE
POSSIBLE ALONG THE COASTS OF NORTHEASTERN FLORIDA...GEORGIA...AND
SOUTH CAROLINA TODAY. PLEASE SEE STATEMENTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE FOR INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR
AREA.