Alberto Earliest Atlantic Tropical Storm Since 2003

By  //  May 19, 2012


NOAA satellite image shows Tropical Storm Alberto 140 miles east of Charleston, S.C.

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – Tropical storm Alberto, the first of the season formed today off the coast of South Carolina with top wind speeds of 45 mph. 

It’s the first named storm of the Atlantic season, and the earliest a tropical storm has formed in the Atlantic since Ana in 2003.

The storm was located 140 miles east of Charleston, S.C., late this afternoon, and  was moving southwest at about 3 mph. A forecast map by the hurricane center in Miami predicts the storm will head toward the open sea off the Midatlantic by midweek.

The official start to hurricane season is June 1.