Tropical storm Alberto starts hurricane season early

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two weeks before the official start of hurricane season, tropical storm Alberto formed off the coast of South Carolina Saturday afternoon.

As of now, TS Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and is traveling west-southwest along the East Coast at about six mph.

TS Alberto is expected to turn toward the northeast on Monday and be closest to the North Carolina coast by Tuesday, but the impact to our area is expected to be minimal.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River to the South Santee River.

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:

Hurricane Local Statement for ALBERTO

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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO LOCAL STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC

835 AM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

…ALBERTO CONTINUES TO DRIFT PARALLEL TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA

COAST…

.NEW INFORMATION…

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN RAISED FOR AMZ374…GA WATERS

FROM ALTAMAHA SOUND TO THE SAVANNAH RIVER OUT 20 TO 60 NM.

.AREAS AFFECTED…

THIS LOCAL STATEMENT PROVIDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS FOR PEOPLE AND MARINE INTERESTS IN SELECT

LOCATIONS AND COASTAL WATER LEGS OF SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA AND

SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.

.WATCHES/WARNINGS…

FOR MARINE INTERESTS…A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED

FOR GEORGIA COASTAL WATERS FROM ALTAMAHA SOUND TO THE SAVANNAH

RIVER OUT 20 TO 60 NM.

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS…

INLAND BERKELEY…INLAND JASPER…BEAUFORT…COASTAL COLLETON…

CHARLESTON…COASTAL JASPER AND TIDAL BERKELEY.

FOR MARINE INTERESTS…A TROPICAL STORM WATCH CONTINUES FOR

SOUTH CAROLINA COASTAL WATERS FROM EDISTO BEACH TO SOUTH SANTEE

RIVER.

ALTHOUGH TROPICAL CYCLONE WATCHES OR WARNINGS ARE NOT IN EFFECT

FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS…COASTAL BRYAN…COASTAL CHATHAM…

COASTAL LIBERTY…COASTAL MCINTOSH AND GEORGIA NEARSHORE WATERS

FROM ALTAMAHA SOUND TO THE SAVANNAH RIVER…POSSIBLE IMPACTS FROM

RELATED HAZARDS ARE STILL A CONCERN.

PLEASE CHECK THE LATEST PUBLIC AND MARINE FORECASTS FOR DETAILED

INFORMATION ABOUT ADDITIONAL HAZARDS.

.STORM INFORMATION…

AT 8 AM EDT…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WAS LOCATED

NEAR LATITUDE 31.7N…LONGITUDE 79.3W. THIS WAS ABOUT 80 MILES

SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF CHARLESTON SC…OR ABOUT 100 MILES

EAST-SOUTHEAST OF SAVANNAH GA. STORM MOTION WAS WSW OR

245 DEGREES AT 6 MPH. STORM INTENSITY WAS 50 MPH.

.SITUATION OVERVIEW…

ALBERTO CONTINUES TO BE A RELATIVELY SMALL TROPICAL STORM WITH

MOST OF THE HEAVIER RAINS AND STRONGER WINDS OFFSHORE. SOME OF THE

OUTER BANDS WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE ONSHORE ALONG THE SOUTHERN SOUTH

CAROLINA AND NORTHEASTERN GEORGIA COAST…BUT RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE

GENERALLY EXPECTED TO BE 1/4 INCH OR LESS…EXCEPT MAYBE UP TO 1/2

INCH BETWEEN EDISTO BEACH AND TYBEE ISLAND.

WHEN MAKING DECISIONS…DO NOT FOCUS ON THE EXACT FORECAST TRACK.

IT IS TOO EARLY TO PROVIDE EXACT WIND AND SURGE FORECAST VALUES

FOR SPECIFIC LOCATIONS.

.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REGARDING ANY COASTAL WATERS UNDER A WARNING…SMALL CRAFT SHOULD

REMAIN IN PORT AND WELL SECURED.

FOR THOSE UNDER A WATCH…CONTINUE WITH YOUR PREPARATIONS AND

LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

REGARDING ANY COASTAL WATERS UNDER A WATCH…SMALL CRAFT SHOULD

RETURN TO PORT OR SEEK SAFE HARBOR. DETERMINE THE BEST STRATEGY

FOR SECURING YOUR CRAFT.

CLOSELY MONITOR NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR OTHER LOCAL NEWS OUTLETS

FOR OFFICIAL STORM INFORMATION. LISTEN FOR POSSIBLE CHANGES TO

THE FORECAST.