Alberto to Stay Offshore of the Southeast into Tuesday

May 21, 2012; 6:55 PM ET
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This NOAA satellite image of Tropical Storm Alberto was taken late Sunday morning.

The first tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season will continue to churn just off the Southeast coastline into Tuesday, grazing the beaches with some rain and wind.

Tropical Storm Alberto remains a low-end tropical storm, spinning just over 100 miles off the coast of Georgia.

The Hurricane Center is not expecting Alberto's strength to significantly change into Monday as the tropical storm wanders over the warm waters off Georgia and South Carolina coasts.

Alberto will never approach or reach hurricane status.

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The slow-movement of Alberto will allow additional gusty winds and bands of rain to graze the beaches of South Carolina, Georgia and the northeastern corner of Florida into Monday.

The gusty winds and rain will shift farther northward along the North Carolina coast Monday night into Tuesday as Alberto gets steered off to the northeast.

The heavy storm threat outlined above is a localized concern.

Wind damage is not expected from Alberto along the coastline as the tropical storm-force wind gusts remain offshore.

The only exception will be the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Tuesday as Alberto makes it closest approach to U.S. soil. However, even the strongest gusts will remain on the low-end of tropical storm-force.

The winds are acting to create rough surf at the beaches from northern Florida to South Carolina. Waves will build along the North Carolina coastline into Tuesday as Alberto approaches.

The one beneficial aspect of Alberto is its rain. The relatively weak stage of Alberto will prevent widespread flash flooding, allowing more places than not across the drought-stricken Southeast coast to welcome its band of rain.

After grazing past the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Tuesday, Alberto will dissipate at midweek as it bypasses the Northeast.


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