Tropical Storm Alberto expected to stay offshore

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Monday, May 21, 2012

MIAMI (AP) -- Alberto is holding on to tropical storm strength as it spins east off the coast of Florida.

Alberto's maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph) Monday evening with some weakening expected during the next two days.

The storm is centered about 225 miles (362 kilometers) east of Jacksonville, Fla. Alberto is moving east near 8 mph (13 kph) but is expected to turn northeastward sometime in the next two days before fizzling out.

Alberto is expected to stay offshore of the Carolinas and Georgia coast.

Meanwhile in the Pacific, a tropical depression south of Mexico is expected to strengthen. The depression's maximum sustained winds are near 35 mph (55 kph), but it's expected to reach tropical storm strength later in the day. It's centered about 535 miles (861 kilometers) south of Acapulco, Mexico.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)

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