Alberto has been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone and is expected to stay well offshore as it moves up the Atlantic.
At 11:00 a.m. the storm's maximum winds are near 35 miles per hour. The National Hurricane Center says additional weakening is expected and they say Alberto could dissipate Thursday.
Tropical Depression Alberto has started to move in a northeasterly direction and will continue to move away from the North Carolina coast.
As of 5 am Tuesday Alberto's maximum sustained winds are 35 mph with continued weakening expected during the next two days.
The storm is centered about 200 miles south of Morehead City, North Carolina.
Alberto is moving northeast at 15 mph and will move quickly away from the east coast over the next 24 hours..
Outside of a high risk of dangerous rip currents along the Outer Banks, Alberto will have little to no impact on our area.
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Tropical Storm Alberto has continued to wobble off the South Carolina-Georgia coast while maintaining 40 mph winds.
As of the 5 a.m. update Monday from the National Hurricane Center, the maximum sustained winds were holding at 40 mph.
At this time all the rain associated with Alberto is over the Atlantic and is not impacting any land areas.
Alberto remains about 350 miles from Atlantic Beach.
As of 5:00 am Monday:
Sustained Winds: 40 mph
Movement: SSE at 5mph
The latest track from the National Hurricane Center keeps Alberto moving to the northeast late Monday and staying well off the North Carolina coast Tuesday as a weak tropical storm or tropical depression.
Alberto will have very limited impacts on the area with the biggest threats being right along the beaches with rough surf, dangerous rip currents, and wind gusts to 30 mph.. The heaviest rain should remain well off of the coast.
We will continue to update this story any time there is new information about Alberto and will bring you additional coverage on WITN as needed and on WITN News this evening.
A system off the southeast coast is now the first named tropical storm of the 2012 hurricane season, even though the season does not officially begin until June 1.
The system, southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is drifting to the south and west. The longer forecast brings the storm up the North Carolina coast. The center of the current forecast cone keeps the center of the storm well off the coast, but that path -- as with all tropical systems -- could vary.
But before you make a bread and milk run, forecasters want to alert you that this storm, if it affects us, could be like many you've seen before. The warm waters from the Gulf Stream (81°) will aid in possible intensification, but the small structure makes the storm very susceptible to outside atmospheric influences, wind shear or dry air entrainment. Due to the small size, typical hurricane models are having a tough time resolving its structure and thus predicting the eventual path.
WITN meteorologists have been alerting coastal residents of the chance for wind and rain, as well as possible sound-side flooding Sunday for those along the southern Pamlico and Albemarle sounds from a persistent northeast wind.
Alberto's impacts could be very much like a nor'easter. As always, WITN's meteorologists won't take the their eyes off the track, intensity and potential impacts and will alert you of any updates.
For your reference:
Maximum sustained winds: ~38mph
Sustained wind speeds: 39-73 mph
Boaters are encouraged to keep a close eye on the weather conditions as boating conditions are likely to become treacherous with this coastal storm.
We'll continue to bring you updates here on witn.com and on WITN News.