Tropical Storm Alberto remains well off the coast of South Carolina & Georgia. As of 5PM, it was located 105 miles southeast of Savannah, GA and 130 miles south of Charleston, SC. Alberto continues to drift southwest, but is expected to turn to the northeast tomorrow morning. Maximum sustained winds remain at 45 mph, but the tropical storm force winds only extend about 60 miles out from the center. The storm does not look very healthy on satellite imagery, and it is clear that colder water temperatures closer to shore, some wind shear and drier air wrapping in are having some impact. Nonetheless, we will need to keep a close eye on Alberto, just in case something changes. At this point, the main impact the storm will have along the coasts of North Carolina and Virginia will be potentially dangerous surf conditions, including rip tides. The tropical-like atmosphere across the Mid-Atlantic will lead to scattered showers and thunderstorms across Hampton Roads, although these will not be associated with the core of the storm. Alberto’s closest approach to the Outer Banks will come Tuesday, albeit well offshore if the current forecast verifies.
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