Updated: 11PM Sunday by Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases
The first Tropical Storm (Alberto) of the 2012 Hurricane Season formed Saturday evening off the coast of South Carolina. As of 11PM Sunday, Alberto is located approximately 83 miles east-northeast of St. Augustine, FL. The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st, and Alberto is the earliest forming tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin since Ana in 2003. This is also the first time that a tropical storm has formed before the official start of the Hurricane Season in both the Atlantic AND the Pacific Basins!
Tropical Storm Alberto is currently packing maximum winds of 40mph and is moving south at 5mph. A storm must have maximum sustained winds of 39mph in order to be considered tropical, so Alberto is very weak and will not become a hurricane. This storm will have little to no impact to land. The storm will move very slowly to the south overnight then is expected to turn northward and accelerate northeast beginning Monday and Tuesday. It will then dissipate over the Atlantic.