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Alberto Weakens to Tropical Depression Offshore

Further weakening of Alberto is forecast during the next two days

By Brian Hamacher
|  Monday, May 21, 2012  |  Updated 11:43 PM EDT
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Tropical Depression Alberto as of 11 p.m. Monday.

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What was Tropical Storm Alberto weakened to a tropical depression Monday night as it continued heading out into the Atlantic off the Carolinas, after passing a few hundred miles east of Jacksonville earlier.

As of 11 p.m. Alberto was located about 245 miles east-southeast of Charleston, S.C., according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was moving towards the east-northeast at 13 mph.

There were no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

Alberto is expected to turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed during the next 48 hours. Its center is expected to stay offshore of the Carolina coasts.

Some weakening is forecast during the next two days.

Albero is the first named tropical storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, which doesn't officially begin until June 1. 

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