Tropical storm warnings up on Atlantic coast
Alberto remains a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, with top sustained winds near 70 mph. But forecasters say it still could reach hurricane force by the time it makes landfall on Tuesday. In the meantime, tropical storm warnings have been posted on the Atlantic Coast, from Flagler Beach, Fla. to the Savannah River - on the Georgia/South Carolina border.
That's in anticipation that the storm will cross from the Gulf to the Atlantic. But the storm's track is now expected to carry it inland and northeastward parallel to, but just west of the Georgia and Carolina coastline. That seems likely to weaken the storm's winds after landfall, and limit the threat to the beaches. But it would increase the danger of inland flooding. And freshwater flooding is the biggest killer in hurricanes and tropical storms.
Alberto's impact may be limited by very dry air immediately to its west. In fact, this satellite loop reveals where the greatest amounts of water vapor associated with the storm are located. It looks like most of it has already gone ashore.