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ATLANTA -- Wow! It's not even officially hurricane season yet. The first tropical storm of the year has formed off the Carolina coast. Tropical Storm Alberto developedSaturday afternoon.

We talked about this storm Saturday morning having a slight chance of tropical development.It really ramped up in strength throughout the day and picked up some tropical characteristics. That's why the hurricane center named it in the 5 p.m. advisory Saturday. (Advisory below)

This storm won't have too much of an effect on us.We are on the "quiet" side of Alberto.It will enhance our easterly flow. That is what is causing the storms to develop along the North Georgia mountains this afternoon.

Here's the advisory from the NHC:

...FIRST TROPICAL STORM OF THE ATLANTIC SEASON FORMS OFF THE COASTOF SOUTH CAROLINA...SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION----------------------------------------------LOCATION...32.2N 77.7WABOUT 140 MI...225 KM ESE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINAABOUT 120 MI...190 KM S OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINAMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT...SW OR 220 DEGREES AT 3 MPH...6 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS--------------------THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT.A TROPICAL STORM WATCH MAY BE NEEDED FOR A PORTION OF THE COAST OFTHE CAROLINAS TONIGHT. DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK------------------------------AT 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO WASLOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 32.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 77.7 WEST. ALBERTO ISMOVING TOWARD THE SOUTHWEST NEAR 3 MPH...6 KM/H...AND A SLOWSOUTHWESTWARD MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY.  ATURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AND THEN TOWARD THE NORTH ANDNORTHEAST IS EXPECTED BY MONDAY.  MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 45 MPH...75 KM/H...WITH HIGHERGUSTS. SOME STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE OVER THE NEXT DAY OR SO. TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 45 MILES...75 KMFROM THE CENTER.ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1007 MB...29.74 INCHES.