Moderate risk of rip currents only remaining effect of Alberto

Surfers flocked to Folly Beach to take advantage of wave Tropical Storm Alberto kicked up late Sunday, May 20, 2012. (Tyrone Walker/

The only lingering effect on South Carolina from the season’s first tropical weather system is a moderate risk for rip currents, a National Weather Service forecaster said this morning.

Swells from Tropical Storm Alberto, which now sits 165 south of Charleston, were creating the danger, but no warnings or watches had been issued, said Jonathan Lamb, a weather service meteorologist in Charleston.

The rip current advisory will remain in effect until 8 p.m.

Offshore small-craft warnings that had been issued were canceled.

The only warnings that had remained were for areas 20 to 60 miles off the Georgia coast, which were dropped around 9 a.m.

“All the rain is offshore,” Lamb said, “and the wind is so minimal with this system.”

The storm packed a sustained wind of 40 mph, according to the most recent update from the National Hurricane Center. It was forecast to move northeast as it parallels the Atlantic Coast. It should weaken to a tropical depression by Wednesday.

Alberto is not expected to make a turn toward land.

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