Sunday, May 20, 2012

NOAA Storm Tracker: Alberto Tropical Storm Watch In Effect


MIAMI, Florida -- As of 8:00 a.m. E.D.T. on May 20, 2011, the National Weather Service National Hurricane Center has classified Tropical Storm Alberto as a continuing tropical storm with winds of  50 m.p.h., with higher gusts.  


Just two weeks before the official start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida has issued a tropical storm watch as Tropical Storm Alberto continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean 95 miles south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina and 115 east-southeast of Savannah, Georgia.   Currently, Tropical Storm Alberto is moving west-southwest at 6 miles per hour.


A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Savannah River to South Santee River in South Carolina.  


A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.  In this case, within the next 24 hours.  The National Hurricane Center says that coastal interests elsewhere should monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Alberto.


NOAA's current projected path for Alberto takes it just off the outer banks of North Carolina and Virgina beaches overnight Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning.



Alberto is approximately 400 miles north-northeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida:


WTNT31 KNHC 201139
TCPAT1
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER   3A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL012012
800 AM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012
...ALBERTO MOVING SLOWLY WEST-SOUTHWESTWARD...NOT EXPECTED TO
STRENGTHEN...
SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...31.7N 79.3W
ABOUT  95 MI...150 KM SSE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 115 MI...185 KM ESE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 245 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...
NONE.
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...
A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS 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.
COASTAL INTERESTS ELSEWHERE FROM GEORGIA THROUGH THE OUTER BANKS OF
NORTH CAROLINA SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF ALBERTO.
FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY
YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE.
DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 31.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 79.3 WEST. ALBERTO IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-SOUTHWEST NEAR 6 MPH...9 KM/H...AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS EXPECTED TODAY.
A TURN TOWARD THE NORTHEAST IS FORECAST ON MONDAY.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 50 MPH...85 KM/H...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS.  LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48
HOURS.
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES...110 KM
FROM THE CENTER.
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 998 MB...29.47 INCHES.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE COAST OF
SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE WATCH AREA LATER TODAY OR MONDAY.
SURF...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.


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