Tropical Storm Alberto forms off S.C.

May 19, 2012 at 9:45 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C., May 19 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Alberto, the first tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, formed Saturday off the coast of South Carolina, forecasters said.

At 6:50 p.m. EDT, the National Weather Service said Alberto, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph and higher gusts, was about 140 miles east-southeast of Charleston, S.C., and about 118 miles south of Cape Fear, N.C.

Tropical storm-force winds extended as much as 45 miles from the center of the storm.

Alberto was moving southwest at 3 mph and was expected to continue moving southwest through Sunday before turning toward the west-northwest, then toward the east and northeast by Monday.

No coastal warnings or watches were in effect.

The NWS said a tropical storm watch may be needed Saturday night for portions of the coast of the Carolinas.

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