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Tropical storm watch continues for swath of SC coast after Alberto forms in the Atlantic
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) ' The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Alberto is drifting toward the Southeast coast with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.
The center said at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday that Alberto, the first tropical storm of the 2012 hurricane season, was about 105 miles southeast of Charleston, S.C., and moving toward the southwest near 6 mph. It says a tropical storm watch remains in effect for South Carolina from the Savannah River to the South Santee River. Tropical storm and dangerous surf conditions are possible.
The Miami-based center urged those along the coast from Georgia to North Carolina's Outer Banks to monitor Alberto's progress. It issued the watch after Tropical Storm Alberto formed Saturday.
The official start to hurricane season is June 1, but tropical storms occasionally occur before then.